So Flippin’ Good: I am a traditionalist in a lot of ways. Some might call me “square”. I like clean shaven dudes with short hair. I like pitchers batting, I like high socks. I don’t always want to know the advanced stats because I like to go with my gut. But brothers and sisters, I love me some bat flips
When Jose Bautista had the Bat Flip to End All Bat Flips last year, I thought that was probably the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. Zack Greinke’s bat flips are legendary. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bat flip that I’ve been angry at, if I’m honest.
In the last 24 hours, we’ve heard about Bryce Harper thinking that baseball needs to have more Cam Newtons and less Cameron Fryes. On the polar opposite side we have Goose Gossage and his walrus ‘stache telling us that fun sucks, everyone’s a nerd, and that back in his day he had to climb the pitcher’s mound up both ways in the snow.
One thing that remains clear in all of this hullabaloo – bat flips are still a giant controversy. But why? Everyone does it. Even Mickey Mantle did it. If it’s good enough for Mickey, it should be good enough for everyone else. I know Brian McCann gets angry at them, but B-Mac does not speak for me. I guess, though, a bat flip is showing too much passion and emotion. What’s wrong with that?
Pitchers can show a lot of passion and emotion. I mean, not everyone can be a living, breathing block of ice like Tom Glavine, but I’m still not convinced that Glav is entirely human, either. Still, even ice water blooded cyborgs like Glav have shown emotion on the pitcher’s mound. You’re telling me that it’s okay for a pitcher to have flashes of fire, but it’s not okay for a hitter? That’s nuts.
To close, I offer this tweet from Wisconsin basketball legend and one of my favorites, Sam Dekker, who basically says what we’re all thinking.
Me too, Dek. Me too.