If that bat was flipped, he wouldn’t have tripped.
Remember these words, baseball fans, and repeat them. Because I’m here to make the case against the anti-bat flipping establishment.
What began – in earnest – as an effort to keep the game civilized and traditional has since turned sinister. Indeed, the pressure to not flip bats has already claimed its first victim: Cubs outfielder Ian Happ.
Take a look at the video evidence recorded in secret from last night’s Cubs game against the Pirates at PNC Park. Upon viewing, you’ll notice that the victim, one Ian Happ, tripped over this traditionally and carefully laid-down bat, which caused him to land flat on his face and endure unbearable amounts of embarrassment:
— Cut4 (@Cut4) September 7, 2017
Had Happ felt the freedom to flip his bat – like any Major Leaguer would on a slow grounder to the second baseman – he would have been free and clear from the danger radius off the lumber, and could’ve even been safe at first! It is under these circumstances, that we’re officially petitioning this league and its fans to reverse the 1953 decision of Tradition v. Having Fun.
But seriously, that’s actually the second time that’s happened to Happ this year on a grounder in that direction while batting left-handed, and you can see how the way he lays the bat down leads to a little extra risk.
Also … LOL:
Ok, he's good. pic.twitter.com/BmOWqofgCN
— Brett Taylor (@BleacherNation) September 7, 2017
Maybe he will flip it next time.