Bautista bat flip home run ball fetches $28K US at auction

Lelands Auction House's website showed Saturday morning that the ball, which was hit into the stands at Toronto's Rogers Centre by Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista in Game 5 of the 2015 AL Division Series against Texas, had sold for $28,252.80.

Hit heard around the world keyed Blue Jays’ 2015 ALDS victory over Texas

Jose Bautista's bat-flip ball that drew 17 bids at an auction, has sold for more than $28,000 US. The seventh-inning blast by the former Blue Jays outfielder led Toronto to a division series win over Texas in 2015 before it fell to Kansas City in the AL Championship Series. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images/File)

​Jose Bautista's bat-flip ball has sold at auction for more than $28,000 US.

Lelands Auction House's website showed Saturday morning that the ball, which was hit into the stands at Rogers Centre during Game 5 of the 2015 American League Division Series between the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers, had sold for $28,252.80.

Open bidding closed at 10 p.m. ET on Friday. Anyone who had bid on the ball before that deadline was then entitled to re-bid in a 30-minute window.

There were 17 total bids. The reserve bid, set on Jan. 4, was $3,500.

Bautista hit the seventh-inning blast to put Toronto ahead 6-3 after the Rangers had taken a 3-2 lead in the top half of the frame. The homer became entrenched in Blue Jays lore when it was punctuated by his notorious bat flip.

The Blue Jays won the game to rally from a 2-0 deficit in the best-of-five series. They then lost to the eventual World Series champion Kansas City Royals in the AL Championship Series.

Bautista is currently a free agent after leaving Toronto in 2017 and playing for the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies in 2018.


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