Most sports fans wait until the postseason to start watching meaningful MLB games. I love baseball, but I can’t fault them. With 162 games, anything other than late-season matchups are, logically, the most inconsequential in all of professional sports.
“But, Blythe, the early-season and mid-season games are just as important as the playoffs!”
Jose Bautista wants a word with you, peasant.
The Toronto Blue Jays right fielder set the timeline on fire with a bat flip heard around the world that helped power the Blue Jays into the American League Championship Series.
In a crazy seventh inning that saw the Texas Rangers take a 3-2 lead against the Toronto Blue Jays over a fluke play, the Jays stormed back to take the lead in the bottom of the seventh with the help of Bautista who cracked a three-run home run…
And then the Jose Bautista bat flip happened.
Baseball has many outdated traditions and unwritten rules suggesting showboating shouldn’t be a part of the game. But there’s a growing sentiment that baseball should encourage more celebration and fun during a game usually devoid of a lot of action. Which is why many fans, especially a younger demographic, encourage the staredown and batflip after a hitter rips one off a pitcher who already has an advantage in any given game.
I doubt the MLB will openly encourage anything that goes against traditions, but I don’t see how more of this can be a bad thing:
Featured image via Alex McDanel