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Blue Jays, fans honor Jose Bautista throughout potential final home game

Jose Bautista curtain call

The Toronto Blue Jays and the team’s fans did everything possible to honor one of their franchise legends in what may have been his final home game as a member of the team.

Jose Bautista received honor after honor and special recognition throughout the Blue Jays’ 9-5 win over the New York Yankees on Sunday. It started with Bautista taking the field on his own before his teammates to receive special appreciation:

Bautista then received a standing ovation for his first at-bat of the game. The fans honored him and cheered for him each time he came to the plate. Then with one out in the ninth inning, manager John Gibbons subbed out Bautista for a replacement so the outfielder could have another moment of glory.

Bautista even came out of the dugout for a curtain call too:

Bautista went 2-for-4 in the game, but he’s only batting .203 this season and he set the franchise record for most strikeouts in a season. Though he was a critical part of the Toronto’s recent success, Joey Bats has dropped off so much in his play the past two seasons that the Jays are unlikely to pick up his contract option for next season, which would make him a free agent.

The 36-year-old said after the game he wanted to continue playing for Toronto.

He also talked about his curtain call.

It seems unlikely that Toronto would bring Bautista back next season, even if it were for the minimum. Perhaps some other team will take a chance on him being able to turn it around.

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