Donaldson fires a Bautista with bat flip after Grand Slam winner

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The Bringer of Rain was the bringer of pain against the Tampa Bay Rays and channeled a former teammate with his celebration.

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Josh Donaldson, the former American League MVP while with the Toronto Blue Jays, is now a member of the New York Yankees and that team had been falling apart until he arrived Wednesday night with a grand slam winner.

The Yankees had lost seven of 10 games before, and memories of the team’s great first half of the season had faded.

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Tampa Bay thought they had won the game when Francisco Mejia put them ahead by three runs in the top of the 10th inning, but Donaldson has a flair for drama and hit the slam.

Next, Donaldson did as fellow former Jays star Jose Bautista did, celebrating with a bat flip.

Donaldson has hit 263 career homers (19th among active players), including 12 this season, so he knows what it feels like to go deep. Perhaps that’s why he almost instantly threw the bat after making contact, before running for base.

“There aren’t too many better feelings in the world than hitting a home run,” Donaldson told reporters afterward. “As a kid, that’s why we all put ourselves in those moments. It was passionate; I look forward to continuing some of this momentum in the future.

Donaldson joined Babe Ruth and Jason Giambi as the only Yankees to achieve a Grand Slam as their team trailed by three points.

He said after the game the home run was for his uncle Bill who had recently suffered a heart attack.

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