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Watch Jim “Hot Dog” Thome ruin baseball with his bat flip

Apr 21, 2014, 11:31 AM EST

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This video — sent to me by J. Freedom du Lac — has everything. Skinny Jim Thome. A home run with a bat flip. Bob Uecker. Happy Indians fans totally oblivious to the fact that they’re about to lose the World Series to the Braves in six games. It’s just a treasure.

But really the lesson here is how you have to stop me-first hot dogs like Jim Thome from doing things like flipping his bat early. Here the Mariners didn’t do that and look at the sort of baseball-ruining showboat he became over the next 17 years. It was a disgrace, frankly. If only someone had gotten in his face then and barked at him. Unfortunately, Gerrit Cole was only five-years-old at the time.

  1. disgracedfury - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    It’s only when Latinos flip bats that old white folks complain about the good old dyas when no one did drugs,steroids or be animated.Thome pumped his fists around the basepaths once after hitting homerun off of Joba to show him up but Joba was a prospect out of the minors.Pumping fists and flipping bats isn’t showing up players.

    • pesky99 - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:42 PM

      It’s disrespectful, just run your bases and be an adult about it. Taunting like gomez does only makes it bad for himself when one day the wrong pitcher gets upset and drills him in the temple next time up- then the career is over. I have no issue with jubilation and celebration, but it should be done in the dugout and locker room- not waved in the opposing teams face.

      • rednuthatch - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:04 PM

        Please, where/what was the taunting? I missed it.

      • mkprz - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:11 PM

        First of all, none of these new unwritten rules were around before.
        The new generation created these for some unknown reason.
        Second, and most importantly, if you want to stop “bat flipping” after a homer, how about now allowing the homer in the first place?
        This is what happens when a generation is raised in the “Mercy Rule” growing up.
        40 years ago, if you wanted to stop the taunting you got batter, not cried more. (Atlanta catcher)

    • ambassgray - May 30, 2014 at 2:09 PM

      If I hit a ball that far I might carry it with me like the All State commercial guy did in Major Leagues. Thome was not a “hot-dog” for 17 years. I think you are mistaking him with Barry Bonds and Big Poppy…

  2. gloccamorra - Apr 21, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    Where’s that Atlanta catcher who enforces all the unwritten rules when we need him?

    • louderthanwords1 - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:30 AM

      If you don’t know his name you shouldn’t do the same lame and tired joke that happens on every thread.

  3. watermelon1 - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Why are the Orioles tagged in this post?

  4. 6kings - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    Guys. It’s OK to show emotion when you make a big play. Notice how fast JT rounded the bases. He didn’t stand there and admire his mammoth blast. He doesn’t flip his bat quite like Gomez either. That said…if a guy flips his bat and still gets a triple…the other team just needs to take it in stride. It might have saved a run.

  5. campcouch - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:04 AM

    My all time favorite player. I grew up watching Thome in Cleveland. He was just another Midwestern boy playing baseball and was always willing to chat with fans.

  6. 7mantel - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:51 AM

    No one stands at the plate longer than Big Papi !

  7. 8to80texansblog - Jun 6, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    His bat flip “Ruined” baseball… give me a break! You baseball traditionalists just kill me with this crap. Is it a game or not? The unwritten rules of baseball that don’t allow any emotion are so stupid.

    And “oblivious” Cleveland fans….? What are they supposed to do… not cheer a homerun in the ALCS?

    Get over yourself dude… really!

    • mkprz - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:04 PM

      It was never an issue.
      It’s the new generation who decided to stake a claim to a tradition that didn’t exist before.
      I guess Babe Ruth ruined baseball with his pointing and staring at his homers.

    • drewelyot - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:12 AM

      Read again carefully for signs of sarcasm. You don’t really think Calcaterra wishes someone yelled in his face ala Gerrit Cole, do you? This should be the giveaway: “If only someone had gotten in his face then and barked at him. Unfortunately, Gerrit Cole was only five-years-old at the time.”

  8. mkprz - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Good grief. Bat flipping an issue?
    Is it possible for baseball to become even more neurotic?
    How about batting glove adjustment, chalk line avoidance jumps, batter’s box back steps.
    What 99% of MLB players, 99% of sports writers and 90% of the fans need is some Xanax.

  9. grehg74762 - Jun 18, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Jim Thome was always a class act. No idea what this writer is talking about.

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