Jose Bautista says his big contract means bigger responsibility in the club house. (Dave Abel/Toronto Sun)
Jose Bautista had bittersweet feelings watching the Dominican Republic defeat Puerto Rico in the WBC final Tuesday night.
While tremendously proud of his native country’s accomplishment, he also very much wished he could have been a part of it.
Carrying the Blue Jays on his muscular back and into the post-season for the first time since 1993 would be pretty fair compensation, of course, and that is where Bautista’s focus is now set.
Even with all the gaudy additions made over the off-season by GM Alex Anthopoulos, the Blue Jays remain Bautista’s team. He is their heart and soul and Bautista will once again be called on to play a pivotal role.
Back in Toronto, the Jays and their losing record are no doubt causing some high anxiety, but Bautista isn’t concerned or how the new additions are fitting in.
“That’s not the point of view that I’ve taken into camp,” the right fielder said Wednesday.