Neither Kenley Jansen nor Yasiel Puig took issue with Carlos Correa’s bat flip

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Last night, in the 10th inning of Game 2 of the World Series, Astros shortstop Carlos Correa exuberantly flipped his bat when he hit a solo home run off of Josh Fields. Here’s the video:

The Dodgers ended up losing 7-6 in 11 innings. It would have been easy for the Dodgers to be salty about it and about Correa showing them up. But neither closer Kenley Jansen, who gave up a game-tying home run to Marwin Gonzalez in the ninth, nor Yasiel Puig — a bat-flipping guru himself — blamed Correa for celebrating.

Per MLB.com’s Mike Petriello, Jansen said, “You can do whatever you want to if you hit me out. I don’t care. You got me.”

And, via MLB.com’s Joshua Thornton, Puig said, “I loved it. It was a little higher than the bat flips I normally do. He was happy and that’s the way you should play in the World Series. Not everybody gets to play in a place like this. It’s good that he plays like that and it’s good that Latino players are able to contribute that way. He wasn’t batting too well and he was only getting a few hits and when he got the home run it was a moment for him to be happy. I’m glad that he was able to celebrate that.”

Contrast that to the Rangers, who were victims of Jose Bautista‘s bat flip in Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS. On May 15 the next year, the Rangers and Blue Jays met for the final time during the regular season. In the top of the eighth inning, ostensibly Bautista’s last at-bat against the Rangers that year, Matt Bush hit him with a fastball. Bautista then slid late and hard into second baseman Rougned Odor trying to break up a double play attempt, which led to Odor shoving Bautista and punching him in the face. If only the Rangers had as much chill as the Dodgers.

Biden praises Braves’ ‘unstoppable, joyful run’ to 2021 win

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said the Atlanta Braves will be “forever known as the upset kings of October” for their improbable 2021 World Series win, as he welcomed the team to the White House for a victory celebration.

Biden called the Braves’ drive an “unstoppable, joyful run.” The team got its White House visit in with just over a week left before the 2022 regular season wraps up and the Major League Baseball playoffs begin again. The Braves trail the New York Mets by 1.5 games in the National League East but have clinched a wildcard spot for the MLB playoffs that begin Oct. 7. Chief Executive Officer Terry McGuirk said he hoped they’d be back to the White House again soon.

In August 2021, the Braves were a mess, playing barely at .500. But then they started winning. And they kept it up, taking the World Series in six games over the Houston Astros.

Biden called their performance of “history’s greatest turnarounds.”

“This team has literally been part of American history for over 150 years,” said Biden. “But none of it came easy … people counting you out. Heck, I know something about being counted out.”

Players lined up on risers behind Biden, grinning and waving to the crowd, but the player most discussed was one who hasn’t been on the team in nearly 50 years and who died last year: Hall of Famer Hank Aaron.

Hammerin’ Hank was the home run king for 33 years, dethroning Babe Ruth with a shot to left field on April 8, 1974. He was one of the most famous players for Atlanta and in baseball history, a clear-eyed chronicler of the hardships thrown his way – from the poverty and segregation of his Alabama youth to the racist threats he faced during his pursuit of one of America’s most hallowed records. He died in January at 86.

“This is team is defined by the courage of Hank Aaron,” Biden said.

McGuirk said Aaron, who held front office positions with the team and was one of Major League Baseball’s few Black executives, was watching over them.

“He’d have been there every step of the way with us if he was here,” McGuirk added.

The president often honors major league and some college sports champions with a White House ceremony, typically a nonpartisan affair in which the commander in chief pays tribute to the champs’ prowess, poses for photos and comes away with a team jersey.

Those visits were highly charged in the previous administration. Many athletes took issue with President Donald Trump’s policies and rhetoric on policing, immigration and more. Trump, for his part, didn’t take kindly to criticism from athletes or their on-field expressions of political opinions.

Under Biden, the tradition appears to be back. He’s hosted the NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks and Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the White House. On Monday he joked about first lady Jill Biden’s Philadelphia allegiances.

“Like every Philly fan, she’s convinced she knows more about everything in sports than anybody else,” he said. He added that he couldn’t be too nice to the Atlanta team because it had just beaten the Phillies the previous night in extra innings.

Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was later questioned about the team’s name, particularly as other professional sports teams have moved away from names – like the Cleveland Indians, now the Guardians, and the Washington Redskins, now the Commanders – following years of complaints from Native American groups over the images and symbols.

She said it was important for the country to have the conversation. “And Native American and Indigenous voices – they should be at the center of this conversation,” she said.

Biden supported MLB’s decision to pull the 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta to protest Georgia’s sweeping new voting law, which critics contend is too restrictive.