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Jose Bautista blasted his first homer of Spring Training off a light tower pole

Spring Training is baseball's version of the shirt before the shirt. It's a time for players to work out the kinks, get mistakes out of their system and focus on the little things, and working themselves into the best shape of their lives. So the fact that Jose Bautista entered Sunday's game against the Rays without a hit was no reason to panic.
Joey Bats is a seasoned veteran coming off a 40-homer campaign who had accumulated only five at-bats through the first few weeks of Spring Training. There was no reason to break the glass and pull the alarm. But, Blue Jays fans probably feel a lot better now that Bautista has shown them a mild version of his Roy Hobbs impression.
In the third inning of the Blue Jays-Rays Grapefruit League game on Sunday, Bautista teed off on a Taylor Guerrieri pitch and tattooed the light tower pole beyond the left-center field wall:

And when your first hit of the Spring reminds folks of the greatest fictional baseball player of all time, it's safe to say you've got an excuse to bust out your favorite secret handshake:

Your move, Phillie Phanatic.