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MLB Network did “Greatest Bat Flips” countdown and didn’t make Jose Bautista’s bat flip the greatest bat flip for some reason

This is the worst thing to happen to the 2015 Blue Jays since that goddamn strike two call to Ben Revere.

MLB Network put together a Greatest Bat Flips countdown because they’re in the hell days of the offseason and no free agents are signing anywhere, but, for some reason, they didn’t put the greatest bat flip of all time at the top of the list.

Jose Bautista was snubbed.

Coming in at No. 1 is Tom Lawless.

The main argument for Lawless’ bat flip being superior to Jose’s flip was the fact it happened in the World Series. But there are a couple caveats.

This happened in the bottom of the fourth inning in a game tied 1-1. It was a three-run homer and St. Louis won the game 7-2. The Cardinals were down 2-1 to the Twins in the best-of-seven game series. They ended up losing in seven games.

Bautista’s bat flip, as Greg said, is quite literally the reason this is even a point of conversation. It’s known as THE BAT FLIP for a reason, for fucks sakes. Earlier this winter, ESPN did a “The Year That…” list, in which they picked the top moment from each year. Bautista’s flip was the thing for 2015, because let’s be honest, in a few years, nobody other than that bearded dipshit kid is going to remember who ended up winning the World Series that year, but everyone is going to remember when Jose hit a ball into orbit in one of the most heated and emotional baseball games we’ll ever witness in our lives. What was the moment from 1987? Well, uh, it surely isn’t Lawless, who smacked a homer in the third game of the World Series his team eventually lost.

Beyond the flawed reasoning for Lawless’ flip being better, Bautista’s is an objectively nicer, and more bad ass flip. Lawless looked like he didn’t know what to do because he was a scrub, whereas Bautista immediately realized he had fulfilled his destiny as a Blue Jays GOAT and gave himself, the team, the fans, the city, and the country the exclamation point they craved for two decades.

Eat my ass, MLB network.

  • Barry

    The Lawless flip was a thing of beauty, but yeah, it’s not the same. I watched that World Series and the Lawless bat flip wasn’t exactly a moment that lingered. The Bautista bat flip … hell yeah, it lingered. Lingers.

    Was there anyone on the planet who heard about the countdown show and didn’t immediately think about Bautista? I doubt it.

    That said, people who do countdowns like this often go out of their way to avoid being obvious.

    We should also keep in mind that it’s just an MLB Network countdown show. An offseason space filler. Kudos to them for finding a way to milk a bat flip countdown for a full goddamn hour. Holy hell. Mind you, some of the “bat flips” were not exactly flips. Edwin’s wild card homer was #8. I wouldn’t call that a flip.

  • Player to Be Named Later

    Just reading this and then seeing that final GIF of Jose laughing, made me realize just how much I’m going to miss Joey Bats as a Blue Jay.

  • Teddy Ballgame

    The more I think about it, the more I think the MLB Network got it right. I mean, Lawless had grit. He had heart. He played baseball the right way, with respect for the game. He had all those…you know…intangibles. Intangibles, yeah.