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Behold: the most over-the-top bat flip of all time

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I somehow missed this yesterday but, my God, is it a heck of a thing.

The game in question involved a couple of teams in a Canadian semi-pro league. The batter in question is named Starlin Rodriguez who, once upon a time, played in the Rays and Cardinals organizations before joining the ranks of independent baseball several years ago. The play in question involved what was a no-doubt home run.

The act in question: watching the whole flight path of the ball before leaving the batter’s box and then launching his bat so high in the air that it made every other bat flip look like a self-conscious apology. The slow trot was something else too.

Behold, as filmed by Ken Hashizume from Sunshine 89 in Orillia, Ontario:

The dinger did knock in the go-ahead runs in a clinching game of a championship series so, hey, excitement is excitement. But even a bat-flip loving guy like me understands the catcher’s anger in that case.

Top that, Jose Bautista.

Bryce Harper is pandering hard to Philly fans

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Bryce Harper hadn’t even addressed his new hometown fans before his Phillies jersey started selling like hotcakes. Since then, he’s said all the expected things. Talking about joining the Phillies, he said, “From day one, it felt right … I always talk about family and being a family, being one unit, and I get that from this team. Every guy has your back and vice versa. I’m very excited to go into battle with these guys.”

Harper is continuing to pander hard to Phillies fans. Behold his latest Instagram post:

Has anyone ever really longed to see the Liberty Bell?

Harper also famously recreated that Chase Utley scene from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia with actor Rob McElhenney on Twitter:

In Harper’s next post, he will talk about alternating bottles of You-eng-ling beers with glasses of “wooder.” He’ll add that every so often he will treat himself to a steak sandwich with cheese on it, then go home to watch all of the movies in the Rocky series.