The New York Yankees are taking their show to a new level this season and, along with that, their bat flips. Who has the best on this squad?
The motto this season for MLB is “let the kids play.” Even a franchise as tradition-oriented as the New York Yankees has taken this motto to heart this past season.
It’s about getting these professional ballplayers to fall in love with the game they grew up playing. It’s about having fun while being competitive. In that case, the Yankees are having a heck of a lot of fun so far this season.
Part of that fun is flexing when one of their many home runs sail over the fence. There have been far too many this season and practically every one has been followed by a pretty epic bat flip.
But who has the best? Who literally gives fans chills when they watch their home runs after they crush them? We’re here to find out the hard-hitting facts.
4. Giancarlo Stanton
So far in 2019, the big money mule known as Giancarlo Stanton has played in only nine games. He also only one home run.
However, that doesn’t mean he should be excluded from the list. Because, if we’re being honest, Stanton’s bat-flipping method is pretty spot-on.
He doesn’t just do little flips but tosses his bats with authority. Those are the moments that give us goosebumps as we watch the emotion behind every bat flip and bat drop.
Stanton has had plenty of chances to show off his bat-flipping skills with his total career home runs eclipsing 300 in 10 seasons. And it gives us something to look forward to when he does return full-time to the lineup. This would be the perfect bat flip to have in the lineup come October …
3. Gary Sanchez
Don’t shoot! Gary Sanchez is by far one of the most emotional players when he hits home runs and it evokes emotions in the fans they haven’t felt since the last World Series run.
Sanchez doesn’t flip his bat. No, instead he drops it like I imagine he would if he was dropping the mic after talking about how much better of a defender he has become in just one year.
Just watch that grand slam up above. His first career shot and he tosses the bat but looks directly over to his teammates. These guys have his back and he’s going to celebrate with them.
But when he lets go of that bat after a pivotal home run, the entire world stops and takes notice. 2018 Gary was a fluke. 2019 Gary is absolutely terrifying and he’s confident.
2. Didi Gregorius
This guy is a true master of the bat flip and a nice guy, to boot. With him back in the lineup, any home run that he hits is going to followed by his small yet signature bat flip.
Why is it the second-best on the team? Because it’s not showy but it’s fun. And isn’t that the true definitely of a bat flip? It’s supposed to be about the kids having fun.
Gregorius is a recent addition to an already stacked lineup during the 2019 season and his bat is highly welcomed. He brings amazing energy to the team and the bat flip is the perfect representation of Didi’s presence on that team.
So, crush some more home runs, Didi! We want to see that little bat flip and all the magic that comes along with it!
1. Aaron Hicks
Is there honestly a better pick than Aaron Hicks to be the top bat-flipping monster on the Yankees? When Hicks hits home runs, he doesn’t just hit them: He pimps them.
Hicks does more of a bat drop but just as he finishes his swing because he knows. He knows he’s absolutely crushed the ball out of the Stadium and he deserves to sit and admire it.
But it’s just so smooth, so suave. You literally cannot look away from this gorgeous swing and equally gorgeous bat drop after the fact. I could get used to that for the next seven years, considering he stays healthy.
Naturally, we look forward to watching the Yankees score runs via the home run ball but in reality, the moment is made even better by bat flips.
That’s the nature of the game today, my friends. The game has changed and batters flex their muscles when they crush a home run. We might as well get used to it and enjoy it.
Besides, it makes this season a whole lot more fun for everyone.