Softbank Hawks player homers, backflips onto home plate

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In the United States, if you admire a home run you get thrown at.

If you get thrown at, about the best anyone ever does in response is to trot really slowly.

It’s sad — I wish we had more flair about us — but it’s our culture and we’re stuck with it for better or for worse.

That’s not the case everywhere, of course. Check out Kenji Akashi of Japan’s Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks. Last night he hit a walkoff, er, sorry, sayonara three-run home run and was so happy about it he literally did back flips as he crossed home plate:

That whimper and bang you just heard was every U.S.-born pitcher simultaneously getting the vapors and then fainting.

MLB sells share of BAMTech to Walt Disney Co. for $900M

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NEW YORK – Major League Baseball has sold its remaining share of a streaming service technology company to the Walt Disney Co. for $900 million.

The sale was disclosed Tuesday in Walt Disney Co.’s annual filing report through the SEC. MLB received the $900 million in exchange for the 15% stake it still had in a company called BAMTech, which originally started as MLB Advanced Media in 2000.

The technology helped MLB become a leader in sports streaming in the 2000s.

Walt Disney Co. has been buying chunks of BAMTech for the past five years and now owns 100% of the company. The National Hockey League sold its 10% share of BAMTech to Walt Disney Co. for a reported $350 million in 2021.