I’ve seen a lot of discussion (again) about bat flips celebrating homeruns in baseball. Pitchers and opposing players seem to hate it, which usually means the hitter who hits a bomb then flips his bat will usually get dusted the next time he comes up. It seems to be the ultimate show of pettiness I can think of.
This debate has come up again, due to Tim Anderson of the Chicago White Sox doing the honors on the Kansas City Royals yesterday. Official MLB Twitter account Cut 4 even enjoyed it.
🗣️LET THE KIDS PLAY. pic.twitter.com/VDUSiQpawx— Cut4 (@Cut4) April 17, 2019
The Kansas City Royals did not. When Anderson came to the plate again, Royals pitcher Brad Keller plunks Anderson, the benches clear, and Anderson, Keller, and a few coaches are ejected.
Imagine hating someone having fun this much. pic.twitter.com/XN58u3ALzv— Cut4 (@Cut4) April 17, 2019
Then, after the game, this exchange took place on Twitter:
Guys are getting a little excessive on pimping HRs, on meaningless HRs too. Act like you have done it before, one time.— Randal Grichuk (@RGrich15) April 17, 2019
😂 Put a name on so we can see who you talking bout bra💯— T A 7 (@TimAnderson7) April 18, 2019
Guy, are you really responding to my tweet… SMH. It wasn’t intended for anyone specific but clearly you responding shows you’re guilty of something 💯— Randal Grichuk (@RGrich15) April 18, 2019
Then players from other sports got involved:
I get the “unwritten rules” I guess.— Josh McCown (@JoshMcCown12) April 18, 2019
However it seems super petty getting pissed at a bat flip & in turn inflicting pain in retaliation.Try getting your face ripped off by a DE & watching him dance near you as a DB high steps into the end zone on a pick six. That sucks https://t.co/ufOHm49MkJ
I’m glad McCown said something. Baseball seems to be the only sports which has an issue with excessive celebrations. This coming from a league who’s motto this year is “Let the Kids Play”, a message to let go, have fun, show excitement, talk shit, flip a freaking bat, and to just remember at the end of the day it’s a freaking game.
I grew up in Florida in the late 80s and early 90s, so I got to see a lot of the Miami Hurricanes football team run over everyone. Those teams danced a lot, after seemingly everything, to the point the rule book on excessive celebrations was written with the Canes in mind. Former Hurricanes coach Jimmy Johnson’s attitude towards this was basically, “if you don’t like it, stop it”.
Cincinnati Reds pitcher Amir Garrett seems to agree:
My take. He batflips cool. You take it to the chin and wear it. But next time you face him. Strike him out, and do whatever you gotta do. Fist pump, moonwalk, cartwheel. Do whatever. I’m all for it. Both ways. lol— CountOnAG (@Amir_Garrett) April 18, 2019
So last tweet on that. So anyone who faces me and hits a bomb. I expect you to admire your work lol.. but just remember when I get you back I will admire mine as well… ok I’m done.. lol— CountOnAG (@Amir_Garrett) April 18, 2019
This is where I stand on the issue as well. You can’t bat flip off a strikeout.