Last night, the Cubs’ Wilson Contreras launched a home run in the 3rd inning. He celebrated as he headed to first by launching the bat high into the air as well. The camera angle down the first base line made it look like the bat went as high as the ball. It was beautiful.
The slumping White Sox were not as pleased with that as I was. Their pitcher plunked him in the seventh and promptly got ejected. Their manager argued he should not have been, that the ball “just got away from him.” Yeah. Right.
Contreras responded by hitting another home run in the 9th to put the exclamation point on the 10-0 rout. Afterward he shrugged the plunking off, correctly pointing out that the pitcher hurt his team by getting ejected and would likely face a suspension, too. He was also unapologetic for being exuberant, and has no reason to be. That’s not taunting or showing up anybody; it’s just being happy about doing something good. Baseball is better when the players have fun. Bat flips are fun.