VIDEO: Jose Bautista And The Philly Phanatic In A Workout Face-Off

Jose Bautista and the Philly Phanatic
Photo Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Future Yankee Jose Bautista (TM), as we all know, goes to great lengths to keep himself in top physical shape. It’s a necessity given his age and desire for a contract that has the Yankees (OK, or whoever — maybe even the Jays!) pay him huge dollars into his 40s.

You may have noticed that it also means that he has some odd looking stretches and workout routines that he does — often on the field before games. The Philly Phanatic certainly did! And, in case you missed it over the weekend, it’s given us what’s got to be an early frontrunner for the most delightful video of the spring.

Of course, when I say that I must acknowledge that I have all the time for the Phanatic. Maybe that’s just me.

But no. This is seriously great.

Oh man, Bautista is so, so great. And if I were a gambler, I’d wager we see more of this cheeky, PR-friendly version of Bautista here in his contract year.

If so, you won’t hear me complaining.

Now pay the man! (Then adjust the budget north to accommodate it, obviously.)

  • MikeB

    One semi-serious comment about Jose possibly going to the Yankees: I realize money, term and team situation will likely be the main deciding factors, but I wonder if Jose would chafe at their no-beard policy. I mean, it’s not an insignificant element of his brand.

    From 2013:

    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is in the market to acquire relief pitching, but he learned from agent Dan Lozano on Wednesday that making an offer to Wilson this offseason would just be a waste of time.

    “I can rule out Brian Wilson,” Cashman said. “That was volunteered to me during our conversations, that the beard stays on.”

  • Barry

    I’m in the camp that says “You’ll pay me how much? Okay then, I’ll shave anything you want.” On the other hand, the fact that the Yankees have such an archaic policy is too precious for words.

    That said, I promise you that if Jose wanted to play for the Yankees and they said shave the beard, he’d shave the beard.

    Besides, it would grow back again by the third inning.