Why "Act Like You've Been There," When You Can BACKFLIP Into Home?

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Why “Act Like You’ve Been There,” When You Can BACKFLIP Into Home?

Baseball Is Fun

In the United States, baseball can be a little uptight.

The old guard of the league – and even some old fashioned youngsters – can too often police the game, ridding it of any fun, spirit, backflips, and individuality.

“Act like you’ve been there” has become the rallying cry of these party-poopers, and they’re not all that few in numbers.

But the same isn’t true of baseball elsewhere the world. In Japan, for example, you can watch players literally backflip into home after launching a walk-off home run (called a “Sayonara Home Run” in Japan) … just like the founders intended.

Check out the moves from Kenji Akashi of Japan’s Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks:

Tell me that wasn’t AWESOME.

Who wouldn’t love to see some of baseball’s beefy-er players do some somersaults or cartwheels into the plate after a big walk off hit. I know I would.

Author: Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami covers the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Bulls at Bleacher Nation. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami