Canadians around the world were glued to their screens as they watched Blue Jays all-star Jose Bautista smash a three-run homer that would eventually win the Toronto Blue Jays a spot in this year’s American League Championship Series (ALCS). But, no one knew that a little kid sitting up in the 500 level (re: the nosebleeds) at the Rogers Centre was the good luck charm that got the whole thing rolling.
Yes, a young Jays fan named Oscar, from Barrie, Ont., dressed in his Jays jersey took his fandom to another level by adding Joey Bats’ signature scruff to his young face — using what we assume to be a black marker. As the longest-tenured Blue Jay stepped up to the plate, the boy knew this was it. Concentrating on that one singular goal, Oscar lined his imaginary bat up, as Bautista teed up at the plate. As the crowd chanted “Jose! Jose! Jose!” the adult athlete and his lookalike swung for their lives and, well, the rest is history. Coincidence? We think not.
Don’t believe us? Watch it all go down.