Friday October 16, 2015

Jose Bautista's bat flip and the unwritten rules of baseball

Jose Bautista throws his bat up in the air after hitting a game-changing three-run home run in game five of the American League Division Series.

Jose Bautista throws his bat up in the air after hitting a game-changing three-run home run in game five of the American League Division Series. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty)

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In this week's edition of the q sports panel, Shad checks in with Sonali Karnick of CBC Sports and Toronto Star columnist Bruce Arthur. 

At issue today:

  • Why were some baseball fans and players upset about Jose Bautista's now famous bat flip? And what does it say about the sport's unique culture? 
  • The misfortune of Lamar Odom, former NBA player and Kardashian ex-husband. How did his role on reality TV distort his real character as a skilled athlete with a troubled past?