WATCH: Jose Bautista and the Most Valuable Bat-Flip of 2015

In the seventh inning of ALDS Game 5 between the Rangers and Blue Jays on Wednesday (TOR 6, TEX 3), Toronto slugger and beardsman Jose Bautista launched a clutch home run and in honor of same unfurled a bat-flip that will out-live the mountains and oceans. Admire The Power, followed shortly thereafter by The Glory ... 

There are bat-flips, and then there implement-of-triumph-flips. Number this among the latter. 

Now for the action-sports photography of said flippage ... 

So where did the lumber come to rest. Inevitable joke forthcoming ... 

As for the equally inevitable debate over the decorum of such a flourish, Bautista says no harm was intended ... 

Hey, hit the ball that far in such a tight spot, and you should be sanctioned to hurl your bat into the sun if you choose. 

Joey Bat-Flips has spoken.

Joey Bats flipped the heck out of this bat.
Joey Bats flipped the heck out of this bat. (USATSI)
CBS Sports Writer

Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for FOXSports.com and ESPN.com. He's the author of three books, the most recent being Reggie Jackson: The... Full Bio

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