Minor League Baseball is back. After missing the 2020 season due the pandemic, the MILB returned this week with their opening day.
While Major League Baseball is great, I’m a huge Minor League guy too. Something about riding the bus all over the country playing all summer with the boys seems like an absolute blast.
With over 200 MILB teams, you tend to get some pretty creative team names in there too. For example, the Asheville Tourists. Asheville, who is the high-a affiliate of the Houston Astros started their season with a bang.
In an 11-4 win over the Brooklyn Cyclones yesterday, their shortstop Luis Santana hit a home run and already is a candidate for bat flip of the year.
I mean, that thing got some serious hang time. I counted four Mississippi seconds with that bat in the air. My question is how did he know where that bat was coming down and what was the score when it happened?
Apparently Santana hit two home runs and had five runs batted in before they were a third of the way through the game. Anyway, I tip my cap to this kid, as it’s one of the best bat flips I’ve ever seen at any level.
And trotting around the bases to Montgomery Gentry’s “Gone”? That’s just the cherry on top.
I don’t know who that pitcher is but I’m pretty sure he has to retire now. No way you can go back out there after giving up a home run and then a bat flip to the moon. Unless Santana, gets one in the ribs in his next AB… that definitely wouldn’t fly (no pun intended) in the Majors.
And while we’re on the topic of bat flip, here’s 18:50 of the best bat flips off all-time.