Not sure how *COUGH*, but a couple weeks ago Chipola College in Marianna, Florida, sent out a press release that slipped across the interweb, unnoticed by us,j announcing the return of alumni Jose Bautista for their annual home run derby.
WTVY.com, of nearby Dothan, AL, picked up the release and posted it on January 28th, and today Twiterrer @SlaytonT1 tweeted out the picture above, confirming (y’know, assuming it’s not from a previous year’s event), that the Jays’ slugger is indeed at the event, swinging a bat. And, damn it, it’s great to see– assuming of course that Bautista, whose request to play for the Dominican Republic in next month’s World Baseball Classic was denied by the club– has gotten all his permission slips signed.
Of course, we’d already heard reports that he’s been swinging, and with only meatballs being tossed his way, it’s not exactly like he’s facing the kind of live pitching the Jays were hoping to ease him into over the course of camp. So… uh… I’m sure it’s all good. Actually Jose retweeted it, too, so… obviously it is.
And actually, you can tell from this clip of last year’s event that he’s wearing something different in the pitcure above– and also that he was using an aluminium bat back then, too. Which is just kinda ridiculous to contemplate.
Apparently he also threw a bullpen session, as well…
Just watched @joeybats19 throw a pen… And yes I would drop a bomb… But still very impressive
— Chase Davidson (@DavidsonChase) February 9, 2013
Crotch grab in the direction of @jefflewis21 for the tip.