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Jose Bautista hasn’t had to pay for a meal in Toronto since bat flip

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Jose Bautista ascended to a rightful spot in Toronto Blue Jays lore when he hit a tie-breaking, three-run homer during the seventh inning of Game 5 of the ALDS that led to a 6-3 win and a series victory over theĀ  Texas Rangers.

And if there were any disputing that his iconic home run earned a place among the greatest moments in Blue Jays history, the epic bat flip the slugger unleashed as he watched his ball soar into the Rogers Centre seats indisputably confirmed it.

As a fringe benefit of playing a critical role in helping the Blue Jays punch a ticket to an American League Championship Series showdown with the Kansas City Royals, Bautista revealed while serving as an assistant coach for Drake at the 2016 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game that he has been the constant recipient of free meals and drinks when out and about in Toronto.

“I haven’t had to yet,” Bautista told ESPN about the need to pay his own way, via The Score. “So we’ll see if that changes – hopefully not.”

The restaurant and bar gravy train Bautista is enjoying may be relatively short-lived, however, as the 35-year-old slugger is slated for free agency after the 2016 MLB season, although reports indicate the Blue Jays would be interested in signing him to an extension.

As far as Bautista is concerned, he appears interested in continuing his career in Toronto as well.

“It would be an honor if I had the opportunity to do so,” Bautista said of the possibility.

Well, of course. Who in their right mind would pass up all those free meals and drinks?