Fans Pay Tribute To An Emotional Jose Bautista

Fans didn’t get the grandslam they were hoping for from Joey Bats, but on Sunday in what may well be the veterans last game with the team he had a solid outing. Fans came in droves wearing Bautista gear and holding signs to pay tribute to the long time Jay.

Bautista signed a one-year, $18 million deal last offseason with a $17 million mutual option for 2018. The Blue Jays are all but certain to decline their half of the option.

Manager John Gibbons pulled Bautista out of the game in the ninth inning Sunday so that he could get a standing ovation while walking off the field.

 

“A lot of feelings,” Bautista said after the game. “It’s probably hard to narrow down just one or the one that stuck out the most. There were a lot of things that go through your head quickly at that moment. I don’t quite remember exactly all of the things that I was thinking about. It was kind of a blur to me, but I enjoyed it.”