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Bautista: I haven't paid for a meal or drink in Toronto since the bat flip

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In October, Jose Bautista authored one of the greatest moments in Toronto Blue Jays history with his go-ahead, three-run homer in Game 5 of ALDS against the Texas Rangers and the unforgettable bat flip that followed. On Friday, the 35-year-old superstar said he's been reaping the benefits of his postseason heroics all winter, too.

Bautista, who served as Drake's assistant coach Friday at Ricoh Coliseum for the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, admitted he hasn't paid for a meal or a drink in Toronto since his iconic flip, which spawned countless memes and even inspired a tepid impression from the mayor of Toronto.

"I haven't had to yet," Bautista told ESPN. "So we'll see if that changes - hopefully not."


A six-time All-Star, Bautista has spent the better part of the last decade endearing himself to Torontonians, and the journeyman-turned-superstar - a free agent next winter - recently expressed his desire to spend the remainder of his career with the Blue Jays.

"It would be an honor if I had the opportunity to do so," Bautista said.

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