Starlin Rodriguez of the InterCounty Baseball League’s Barrie Baycats might not be getting paid to play the game he loves. But he sure got his money worth following a homer that clinched a series for the team recently.
In a video provided by Ken Hashizume of Sunshine 89 in Canada, Rodriguez is seen following through with a bat flip to end all bat flips. It came in a 3-3 tie against the Kitchener Panthers and is all sorts of amazing.
This is the controversial 2-run homer from Starlin Rodriguez in the 7th that broke a 3-3 tie, gave @IBLBaycats the lead for good in their series clinching game, and drew the ire of the Panthers. #IBLFinals #IBL100 #batflip pic.twitter.com/kWxuxO6Z7U
— Ken Hashizume (@khash27) September 10, 2018
As you might envision, this caused some pretty big drama around the independent league. Just imagine if someone had decided to showboat like this in a Major League Baseball game. He would have easily taken a pitch to the head during his next at-bat.
The IBL has been around since 1919 and consists of unpaid amateur players looking to make their names known in a semi-pro league. By not getting paid, said players still retain their college eligibility.
Someone might want to tell Rodriguez that this won’t fly in the states should he get a scholarship call. Until then, let’s all just envy the amazing bat flip for a bit.