In what was likely his last home game as a Toronto Blue Jay, José Bautista, stole the entire show. The slugger's decade-long run with the team came to a close Sunday afternoon against bitter divisional rivals, the New York Yankees. In storybook fashion, the man they call Joey Bats delivered the hits. It was an ending almost too good to be true, and one the 36-year-old icon will surely remember forever.
Bautista notched two solid hits and scored a run to help lead his squad to a 5-2 win over the visiting Yanks. It was a fitting afternoon for the six-time all-star who was also celebrating the seven-year anniversary of an epic 54 homer season—he's also the only player in franchise history to do so. After the game concluded, a Rogers Centre full of fans, many proudly wearing Bautista jerseys, paid their respects with handmade signs and thunderous cheers. José walked out of the dugout and waved to an adoring crowd before heading off of the field to the sound of 40,000 people chanting his name.
It may not be José's final game on record with the Blue Jays, but it's extremely unlikely that the veteran will ever play in Toronto again. Bautista signed a one-year contract at the start of this season, and by all accounts, he will not be re-upped in 2018. Check out some of the many reactions below via Twitter.