First, let me apologize for the lack of content on this blog lately. I’ve been in the process of moving and have failed Jose Bautista and his legion of fans…but enough about me, let’s talk about Jose.
As you well know at this point, Jose Bautista set the Toronto Blue Jays single-season home run record on Friday night. Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Michael Bowden served up the historic bomb (Bautista’s 48th of the season). The 29-year-old blossoming slugger blasted a fast ball into … you guessed it … left center to etch his name on the Jays’ record book.
Bautista had these comments after the game for the Toronto Star (story here)
“It’s way more enjoyable to hit it when we win,” he said. “I didn’t get to enjoy the one that I tied (the record) with so much because we lost that day.”
“I had a couple bad months but when I’ve been doing good I’ve been able to ride the wave for a long time,” Bautista said. “The confidence that Cito (Gaston) has given me and the change in the (batting) approach has allowed me to have that consistency.”
Ever the Bautista supporter, manager Cito Gaston added this:
“It couldn’t have happened to a nice person, as far as a player and a teammate,” Gaston said. “I’m proud I was here to see it.”
Jose can become the first Blue Jays player to reach 50 homers. Chances are it happens in the next couple of days.
Take a seat and witness baseball history being made! A record-setting year can’t hurt a player’s chances to win an MVP award, right? Only time will tell. It’ll be a fun ride the rest of the way and has been one hell of a season. Hats off to you Jose, you’re the man.