When Toronto Blue Jays All Star Jose Bautista isn’t hitting baseballs out the park, he’s maintaining his title as one of the most fashionable athletes on the planet. Yes, he hits homers. Yes, he looks good in anything. But can he help you enjoy watching baseball with your man? Read on and find out!
The Dominican slugger also talks about his charity, developing his style at a young age and what he loves about Latinas.
What does a Dominican, living in Canada, do for fun?
[Laughs] There’s a few that live here but the fact is, I will tell you that from personal experience, that I only came here to play baseball. In my downtime I try to explore the city, I try to get to know Toronto and Canada, I try to see different parts of the city. It’s a pretty cool, young, diverse, professional place. I’ve enjoyed my time here in the last seven years and I would like to continue to enjoy it for as long as I’m here. I do know some Hispanic people that live here full time and basically what they do when they emigrate from their home countries is try to find a better way of living, they try to take care of their families, and they try to look for work in their professional careers. Whatever it might be, they come to Canada for those reasons. A lot of them like it and enjoy it and seem to advocate and push for other people to come here as well so it’s a good place and I’m enjoying my time here. It’s a great city and a great country.
Tell us about your foundation, The Bautista Family Education Fund.
I was helped with a similar foundation when I graduated high school in the Dominican Republic that I came to the States on a baseball scholarship. So when I signed my five year contract back in 2011, it was the best time in my career to focus a little bit on giving back and I thought that it was a better cause to help other kids come to college in the States and in Canada and that’s what we’ve been doing since then and we’ve helped about 27 or 28 kids. We’ve had five graduates already so it’s been pretty good. We are helping kids out not only financially, but also with guidance and giving them tips on how to remain successful both in the classroom and in sports. It’s kind of a good feeling being able to give back and I’m fortunate to have a great group of people that have helped me with not only the foundation but with all of the fundraiser events. It’s been really good and I hope to continue to keep going and do as much as I can.
What advice would you give your younger self?
The one piece of advice that I would give a younger version of myself, would be to be a little more diligent and try to be a little bit more resourceful when it comes to my own career and how I can become a better, more complete athlete on my own without to rely necessarily on my team or my coaches. Nowadays with the Internet and access to resources that we have, different experts in different areas, when it comes to nutrition we have trained, medical advice. We have the world at our fingertips with access to a computer. You don’t have to wait for your coach or your manager to tell you what you need to do to get better and you can do it on your own. That’s something that I wish someone had told me when I was younger. I think we all fall into the system and we just do whatever other people do and then everybody does the same thing and it’s kind of like relying too much on the team, yes they want you to get better and contribute to the team because you play for them, but at the end of the day it’s your career so you should always take your own career by the handle and try to be as good as you can be individually without having to rely on your employer.
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