Ah yes, the inevitable Yasiel Puig bat flip.
Sure, there are other players around Major League Baseball who have their own bat flip, but they certainly don’t get the exposure that the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder brings and the flips aren’t nearly as dramatic. They also tend to save them for actual home runs instead of deep doubles or in this case, a walk.
Yep, Puig, for whatever reason decided to get a little splashy on Saturday night as after he received a walk, the second-year talent gave his bat a might heave towards the Dodgers bench. Only problem? The pine tar might have been too fresh or Puig simply forgot to let go at the proper moment as the bat reversed its direction and went directly over the top of he, the home plate umpire and Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero.
So in short, the man famous for his eccentric bat flips nearly hit himself in the head with one.
Thankfully (and shockingly) the bat somehow avoided all parties in the area and fell to the dirt below without striking anybody, though they all would have had protection regardless. Still, I’m pretty sure I’d attempt to avoid a bat smash to the head regardless if I was wearing a piece of reinforced plastic or not.
H/T Chad Moriyama