Bat flips are fun. They're controversial, exciting and inciting (of anger). On Tuesday, the biggest bat flip in MLB was timed to perfection by an unsuspecting game-winner in Yankee Stadium.
Rays shortstop Adeiny Hechevarria is known more for his excellent glove work that his power at the plate, but he delivered when it counted against the Yankees, knocking out an eighth inning home run to foil the Yankees, 2-1, in a tight game and keep Tampa's slim wild card hopes alive. As he made contact, Hechevarria knew he got all of Sonny Gray's delivery and tossed his bat side for emphasis and celebration.
It was epic, kind of wonderful (for everyone put Yankees fans) and somewhat fitting given Tampa's home on the road situation following the Rays' departure from Tampa following Hurricane Irma (the team is playing the Yankees, a New York team, in New York at Citi Field, home of the Mets).
Whether Hechevarria's bat flip leads to a response from the Yankees' pitching Wednesday remains to be seen. For now, the Rays and Hechevarria got the last laugh, with some extra flair to boot.