It’s the stuff of legend … Jose Bautista defiantly flipping his bat after using it to crack the homerun that ultimately propelled the Jays past Texas to the American League Championship Series.
It was a great, dramatic moment, albeit a fleeting one. Unless of course, you commit to carrying the stirring image around with you forever.
That’s what one overzealous Jays fans has done, having the already-iconic image tattooed on his thigh.
A Toronto tattoo artist named Scoot Mason posted pics of the work in progress, and the final result, on his Instagram page.
Had a real fun times tattooing this today! …. @bluejays @joeybats19 winning home run #fyink #scootink #bluejays #cometogether A photo posted by Scoot Mason (@scootscootmason) on
Joey Bats himself shared the image on his own Instagram account with a caption that read: “I have heard and seen some crazy stuff in the last 24 hours but this one takes the prize home!”
The now-famous flip has also been appropriated by some Toronto businesses.
A Leslieville ice cream parlour etched a chalk drawing of Jose tossing a triple-scoop.
So how does Bautista react after all the attention and the accolades? Does he slip into a limo with tinted windows like a big-league megalomaniac after Game 5?
Nah, he just walks out of Rogers Centre and hops on his scooter like it was just another day at the office.