On Saturday, Oakland A’s pinch-hitter Mark Canha hit a go-ahead two-run homer vs the Giants. After the swing, he “flipped” his bat, stared at his own dugout before trotting the bases.
People are upset about the flip.
Of course, these “unwritten rules” debates have existed for some time. Some people are upset that Canha shouldn’t show up a pitcher and he should expect to get a pitch thrown at his body the next time up.
Other feel that it’s OK to have emotion during the game and the best way to avoid a bat flip is to not give up a home run. After all, pitchers can show emotions after a strikeout but a batter can’t do it after a big hit?
I don’t believe in unwritten rules but I understand there are certain behaviors one should expect during a game. I am not a fan of bunting for a base hit to break up a no-hitter late in the game but I also understand that bunting is part of the game.
Baseball is a children’s game and having emotions is perfectly fine. It’s not like he flipped the bat into the stands and mocked the opposing dugout. It was a soft toss and he looked at his own teammates. Canha had just given his team a late lead. I feel that emotions are warranted.
I am sick of these people being upset over this and yet can justify the pitcher throwing at Canha’s ribs or some high heat as perfectly OK retaliation.
Let’s stop this unwritten rule talk about bat flips and everything. Too many people are too sensitive.
It’s simple. Bat flips are fine if it’s a big clutch hit. It’s part of the emotions of the game. Don’t want to see it? Don’t give up the big hit.
Now let’s have fun in baseball.