Jose Bautista and the Dominican Republic won Bronze at the Olympics

Jose Bautista is an Olympic medalist.

So are Blue Jays legends Melky Cabrera, Emilio Bonifacio, and Juan Francisco as the Dominican Republic beat South Korea by a score of 10-6 in the Bronze Medal baseball game on Saturday. It was the country’s first-ever medal in baseball at the Olympics.

Dominican Republic wins its first-ever Olympic medal in baseball, team sport#DOM becomes 7th nation/territory to win a medal in baseball at the Olympic Games, following #Cub #Jpn #Usa #Kor #Aus #Tpe
https://t.co/9yClTGe4Zi #Olympics #Tokyo2020 #Baseball #Bronze pic.twitter.com/G2u8MKBUFk
— WBSC #Baseball #Tokyo2020 (@WBSC) August 7, 2021

The Dominicans put up a four-run first inning with a lot of Blue Jays flavour. Bonifacio led off with a double, Francisco smashed a two-run homer, Cabrera hit a single, and Bautista drew a walk. Korea came back with a four-run fifth inning of their own, but the Dominican pulled away with a five-run rally in the top of the eighth inning, highlighted by a two-run double by Francisco.
The highlight of the tournament, for me, was Jose throwing this absolute rocket to gun down a guy from Team Mexico at home…

Dominican Republic picked up a 1 …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Series Preview: Is there still beef?

Since the Jose Bautista bat-flip moment back in 2015 of the ALDS, these two teams haven’t really gotten along. But now almost four years later, it seems now that we can officially say the beef is completely over. However, it’s not like the fans on either side have forgotten what has happened. Following the 2015 playoffs, the Blue Jays and Rangers had another heated incident during their trip to Texas during the 2016 season. Regardless if there’s only five players on this current Blue Jays roster from that season, the fans still hold a heated rivalry whenever these teams play one another.
Coming into this three-game series, these franchises find themselves in similar situations. Both are currently in their rebuilding phases and are looking towards the future. Not too mention that they both currently have 14 wins as well. But while the Rangers don’t have top-quality prospects like the Blue Jays have, they do still have a bunch of very good players at the major-league level. Which is exactly why this won’t be an easy match-up for the Blue Jays. Even if these aren’t the same division winning teams from a few seasons ago.
Friday at 8:05 ET
Trent …

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Author: Thomas Hall / Blue Jays Nation