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.