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David Ortiz squeezes in amazing bat flip before rain delay

Jun 2, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

The threat of rain loomed over tonight’s nationally-broadcast Yankees/Red Sox game, initially delaying the start of the game by 45 minutes. Against Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda, the Red Sox scored once in each of the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings. The run in the sixth came on a David Ortiz home run that inspired this great celebratory bat flip, courtesy @CorkGaines:

Shortly afterwards, the rain started to fall, putting the game into another rain delay. The game is official, however.

  1. josemartez - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    I don’t normally like bat flips, but this is hilarious.

    • bigleagues - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:02 AM

      In related news . . .

      Hriniak & Lau would have been proud.

  2. t205cobb - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Keep it classy Ortiz! Act like you have hit one before!

    • hammyofdoom - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:10 AM

      How many closers strike out the last batter of a game and throw their fist in the air or so some other silly thing? Who does he hurt with a damn bat flip, besides throwing out a little swagger that says “Look at what I JUST DID MOFO’S!”. Now if he glared at the pitcher, tossed the bat and/or grabbed his junk I would definitely have an issue with it, but as is he’s celebrating and it has next to nothing to do with the pitcher.

  3. threefingerclown - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Given the glare the ump shot at Papi I’m surprised blue refrained from tossing him. And how sad is it that I just expect umps to overreact to every trivial thing these days?

    • jwbiii - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:46 PM

      Or he might just be moving into position to make a fair or foul call.

      • threefingerclown - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:04 AM

        Doubtful, it was fair by about 100 feet.

      • mazblast - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:10 AM

        Not the home plate umpire’s call. The primary umpire for that call is the first base umpire in this case. In this instance, it was obvious that there was no fair-or-foul call needed, maybe just a hang time computation.

      • jwbiii - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:58 AM

        Thank you. It just looked to me like he moved to the foul line extended and then took his mask off.

      • bigleagues - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:00 AM

        Guys, the ump was just showing a reflective gaze at one of the greatest hitters of his generation and arguably the greatest DH of all-time…

        And while it can be said that Paul Molitor was the first DH to be elected to the HOF, Papi should be the first ‘pure’ DH to gain induction.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 3, 2013 at 10:16 AM

        @bigleagues, Papi is anything but pure.

  4. ronvargasjr - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    I still have no idea why pitchers allow Papi to show them up….. Any other player in the league does this and they would get lit up.

    • Jack Marshall - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:32 AM

      Oh, please. The home run is what shows them up, not what happens after it.

      • bigleagues - Jun 3, 2013 at 8:50 AM

        Where’s that THUMBSUP button…

      • hammyofdoom - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:02 AM

        Exactly. You want batters to stop “Showing you up”? Stop giving up gopher balls.

    • polonelmeagrejr - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:07 AM

      he’s suave-ay

  5. mudhead123 - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Unclassy player for an unclassy team. Nothing to see here

    • bigleagues - Jun 3, 2013 at 8:51 AM

      You must be a barrel of laughs on a weekend night out.

    • hammyofdoom - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:01 AM

      I’ve always seen it this way: if you’re a professional pitcher for a professional baseball team and you get angered when another player dare show that he was happy to hit a home run then maybe you should do something else. I never liked the whole “Showing up the pitcher” thing. No, he hit a ball a long goddamned way and felt pretty good about it, it has basically nothing to do with the pitcher except he fueled the home run. Let players smile, flip bats, untuck their shirts… it’s a game

  6. quintjs - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    I like what Orel said about it being an entertainment industry. He basically said that since Ortiz hit one that big, he deserved a little celebration.

    It seems so much of baseball now is focused on not showing up the other players and in no way of entertaining the fans which is their primary job. You can’t steal a base with a 5 run lead because that would show up the other team, god forbid you try to entertain any of the fans with an exciting play.

    Yes Ortiz did a little flip, but in the context it wasn’t that big of a deal. He hit a big HR, extended his teams lead against another great team that could easily pile on multiple runs. Why must ballplayers be robots all the time? As long as you don’t go completely over the top and keep it reasonable, which Ortiz did, then its ok.

    • bigleagues - Jun 3, 2013 at 8:55 AM

      RIGHT!

      A bat flip is not a BFD by any stretch.

      Now, if Papi and others suddenly start pulling a Frank Drebben each time they wreck a pitch, then I’ll glady protest that, but a little bat flip and a hop, skip and fist pump as they move toward first base has been part of the game for a LONG TIME now and it’s time to stop emulating grandpa’s knee-jerk reaction to it.

    • protius - Jun 4, 2013 at 6:22 AM

      I like what Bob Gibson said about a batter who hits a home run off him, i.e., the next time he comes to the plate, put one in his face.

  7. djpostl - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    I’d burn one into Shrek’s earhole. Then do a glove flip.

  8. pleasefirecam - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    Keep drinking the Hatorade, ya pinstripe cockroaches!
    Big Papi is wicked pissah

  9. anjichpa - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    It’s a good one, but it’s not the first time Papi’s done that specific flip this year.

    Bat flip connoissieurs should be excited to witness the stylings of recent Dodgers callup Yasiel Puig.

    http://www.fangraphs.com/not/belated-yasiel-puig-bat-flip-coverage-alert/

    http://www.fangraphs.com/not/yasiel-puig-bat-flip-alert-batting-practice-flip/

  10. theskinsman - Jun 3, 2013 at 4:12 AM

    So because it’s against the almighty Yankees, Ortiz is supposed to apologize for hitting another HR,then meekly trot around the bases with his head down?

    Don’t think so. What does that clown announcer say after this game? ‘Ballgame over! Yankees lose! Theeeeeeee Yankees LOSE!’

  11. fastwillie39 - Jun 3, 2013 at 5:27 AM

    Baseball is so boring, they don’t let personality shine at all. If you don’t like ortiz hitting home runs, pitch better!

    • kasskivt - Jun 3, 2013 at 7:10 AM

      I don’t know that you can call ape behavior personality.

      • Paul White - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:35 AM

        Dude…just, dude. Mind the “ape” references in relation to, well, anyone. Otherwise people may tend to think that the unevolved douche in this discussion is you.

      • protius - Jun 4, 2013 at 6:25 AM

        Paul, please stop being the holier-then-thou asshole, in this discussion.

    • pastabelly - Jun 3, 2013 at 8:11 AM

      Yup, Ortiz is one of the few in the sport with big personalities. I’d rather players have fire like Ortiz than passionless robots like JD Drew. Ortiz is good for baseball.

  12. kasskivt - Jun 3, 2013 at 6:57 AM

    Must be back on the PED laced banannas. Do they keep him n a cage on the bus or a harness?

    • Paul White - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:39 AM

      Wow, the racists are all out early this morning…

    • 18thstreet - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:22 PM

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      http://www.blogger.com/profile/00167897675761187995

      • 18thstreet - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:24 PM

        Hi, Katherine!

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  13. dapperdan50 - Jun 3, 2013 at 7:27 AM

    Craig,

    This guy, kasskivt, should be thrown out of your blog. Or at least warned. We can do without this crap.

    • protius - Jun 4, 2013 at 6:31 AM

      The world would be a great place if everyone were just like you Dan.

  14. stratomaticfan - Jun 3, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    I’m a Sox fan. Didn’t think the bat flip was a big deal. Not like he stood there and watched. Bang. Flip. Towards first base. Thought people would be more upset that it took Ortiz like a month and a half to round the bases. Just long enough for the rains to get to the Stadium.

  15. rickdobrydney - Jun 3, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    If I were Kuroda I would have aimed for his ear the next time up, that fat, lying, styling cheater —-Here is a guy who was about 10 minutes from being released — obviously taking some substance these days and getting away with it—- what a joke—-

    • bobwsc - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:26 PM

      Joba can teach him the ear-hole move.

      A-Rod, Giambi, Sheffield, Clemens, Pettite…just a few dirty guys on the Yanks.

      wasn’t Posada 10 minutes away from getting released, but survived?

  16. brooklynboy48 - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    I love Big Papi and all he does. Fun to watch. This bat flip is a non issue, IMO. But, the greatest DH in history is Edgar Martinez, PERIOD!.

  17. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 3, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Since the Yankees didn’t bat the bottom of the 6th, should Ortiz’ HR be voided? Don’t the stats revert to the end of the last full inning played? I am probably wrong about this (apparent;y) but I thought that was how this is supposed to work if the game is called in the middle of an inning.

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