Bunt-mad Blue Jays gave baseball purists a thrill

Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman throws against the Detroit Tigers on Saturday. He pitched a gem at...

Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman throws against the Detroit Tigers on Saturday. He pitched a gem at the Rogers Centre. (USA Today Sports)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:14 AM ET

While chicks dig the long ball, those that call themselves the ‘real’ baseball fans get a tingle up their leg every time a player drops down a bunt.

For National League enthusiasts and those that hate the designated hitter, there is nothing more exciting in baseball than the sacrifice bunt, the hit-and-run and the holiest of holies, the suicide squeeze.

The so-called ‘purists’ of the game must have been orgasmic watching Friday night’s game as the Jays bunted five times, which for a team that has the reputation of living and dying by the home run, must have been some sort of record.

It turns out that of the five Blue Jays bunts just two were called by manager John Gibbons — both of them in the second inning.

With a runner on second and nobody out, Josh Thole was asked to drop down a sac bunt, and he did moving Munenori Kawasaki to third.


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