The Toronto Blue Jays (65-59) started their current 7-game homestand with a 3-2 win against the visiting New York Yankees (77-48) last night at the Rogers Centre.
Despite going up against Yankee’s rookie pitcher Ivan Nova, none of the Blue Jays could muster more than a double in 5IP against the young prospect, none except Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista.
Bautista hit his major league leading 39th homerun of the season off of the young Yankees hurler, giving Toronto a 2-1 lead.
That pitch was obviously on the mind of Nova, as he would attempt to exact some old school revenge by throwing very-high and inside at Bautista in their next match-up.
Bautista was visibly upset with the rookie pitcher, either for being part of a new wave of youthful players that shows little respect for opponents, or being brazen enough to try and bean the current 2010 home run king to rattle his cage.
A cage that was obviously not to be messed with, as Jose Bautista blasted (and stared down the Yankees squad) in the eighth, after his 40th homerun was soaring to the bleachers, thus giving the Jays a 3-2 lead, and eventual win.
With 40 homeruns and 38 games to go in the season, Jose Bautista is now closing in on George Bell’s single-season record of 47 homeruns in a Blue Jays uniform.
Which leaves the question to you…