October 2023 - Toronto ON
We were on the Spadina streetcar yesterday, on our way to the ball game, and I spotted this mural. On the way back I told John about it and he insisted that he could get a shot of it from the streetcar and he did!
It’s been almost eight years since Jose Bautista’s dramatic bat-flip home run with the Toronto Blue Jays, and the team has finally immortalized that epic playoff moment with a new mural in the city.
Bautista signed a one-day contract in August in order to officially retire as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays, and the franchise unveiled a mural of his bat flip to celebrate the occasion.
Bautista famously hit a three-run homer against the Texas Rangers to help the Blue Jays beat them in the MLB playoffs in 2015. The crowd in Toronto went wild the moment he blasted that baseball into the Rogers Centre seats, but it was Bautista's casual bat flip that really captured people's imaginations. The move became highlight-reel stuff and went on to inspire memes, tattoos and plenty of copycats.