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Yasiel Puig Bat Flip: Dodgers Sluger Says He’s Trying to Cut Back Is an Endangered Species
Some people see a Yasiel Puig bat flip and think, “Now there’s a kid who has fun playing baseball!” Meanwhile, others see a Yasiel Puig bat flip and think, “Now there’s a kid who does not respect the game!”
Which way of thinking is correct? Neither! Look, not everything is black and white. Sometimes flipping your bat is immature and disrespectful to your opponent—like when you do it after a stand-up triple, or when you do it out of anger and nearly take somebody’s head off. But sometimes flipping your bat is just an honest, light-hearted way of celebrating a home run.
Unfortunately, it seems the majority of people in baseball just can’t differentiate between shades of gray. To them a Yasiel Puig bat flip always equals disrespect. Thus, after taking heat for his antics for two years, Puig is finally giving in. He’s going to cut back on the bat flips, telling the Los Angeles Times’ Dylan Hernandez, “I want to show American baseball that I’m not disrespecting the game.”
Of course, in the same interview, Puig also defended himself against his critics.
“I don’t do that because I lack respect,” he insisted. “I do that because of the emotions that I have.”
And for those of you who actually enjoy a good Puig bat flip from time to time there’s also good news.
“If it’s a big home run or if I’m frustrated because I couldn’t connect in my previous at-bats or if I drive in important runs for my team, I might do it,” he said. “You never know. I can’t say I won’t do it.”
Will this satisfy baseball’s unwritten rules fundamentalists? I guess we’ll have to wait and see. But as far as I’m concerned, Puig should just be himself. If nothing else, he gives people something stupid to argue about.
Hat Tip – [Los Angeles Times]