Even before his 3-home run game yesterday, you heard the chatter. Jose Bautista is the best player in baseball today.
Bautista, who led the majors with 54 home runs in 2010, is batting .415 with 13 homers and 21 RBIs his last 19 games. He's actually ahead of last year's pace when he didn't reach 16 homers until May 30.
Jose Bautista and I got off to a rocky start. Last August, I asked him to slow the fuck down. How dare he just show up and suddenly threaten my favourite Blue Jay of all-time's record for homers in a season.
Then, when it became apparent he was going to demolish George Bell's 47 dingers, I accepted reality. By the end of the season, he had 54, and I was proud of all 54 of 'em. His 2010 season was bananas!
And here we are, on May 16, and I'm crazy about the guy. The best player in baseball plays for my team and he's... wait for it... way better than George Bell ever was. There, I said it. Jose Bautista is better than George Bell.
Chime in if you agree Jose Bautista is the best player in baseball today.