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Pride, confidence, swagger: The legend of Jose Bautista leaves an indelible ...

It was in Pittsburgh in June 2008 and Bautista had hit a late-inning home run in a rather meaningless interleague game between the Jays and the Pirates.

He stared at the pitcher, Jesse Litsch, trotted around the bases so slowly the Jays dugout erupted — third-base coach Brian Butterfield screamed at Bautista and the usually controlled Roy Halladay yelled uncharacteristically.

He was explosive, emotional, aggressive, intimidating, combative, aware, singular, egotistical, formidable, striking, indomitable, prickly, competitive, smart, but mostly, as the kids would say, he was awesome.

“There’s a lot of great players in baseball, but how many get a moment like he had, the bat flip, in a game like that one after all that happened in the top of the seventh.

It makes these final home games, Saturday and Sunday, meaningful viewing, if just to stand and cheer one more time.

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