The Bat Flip Heard Round the World

A piece of Toronto Blue Jays history is up for auction – and the owners hope it stays in Canada.

The ball from Jose Bautista’s three-run homer in Toronto’s wild 6-3 victory over the Texas Rangers in Game 5 of the 2015 American League Division Series was put up for auction on Friday, with bidding open until Feb. 1. The seventh-inning shot won the series for Toronto and became entrenched in Blue Jays lore when it was punctuated by Bautista’s controversial bat flip.

“People want to see the ball and the fact that no one’s ever seen it, really, it sort of gives it a sense of mystery,” said the consignor, who asked to remain anonymous. “It’s time for people to appreciate it, especially toward the end of Bautista’s career. What better way to celebrate his career as a Jay?”

The now famous bat is kept in a glass case in Toronto’s clubhouse in a foyer between the manager’s office and the players' locker room. A team spokesman says the bat will be on display for fans to see at the Blue Jays WinterFest Jan. 19 and 20 at Rogers Centre.

The ball’s location, however, has largely remained a mystery until now.

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