Move over Tim Anderson there is a new bat flip king in town and his name is Brian Goodwin.
On Sunday afternoon, the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians found themselves deadlocked in a 1-1 tie heading into the ninth inning. It didn’t feel like a big game. The White Sox are running away with the division and are bulking up for a playoff run. Jimmy Lambert was given the ball to start the game because Tony La Russa wanted to give his regular starting pitchers an extra day of rest. The Indians trailed the White Sox by eight games. Even if the White Sox lost they would still own the largest division lead in baseball.
But don’t tell Brian Goodwin that. ” We wanted it as bad as any game we’ve had this season,” Goodwin said after the game. With the score tied in the bottom of the ninth Goodwin strolled to the plate.
Indians reliever Nick Wittgren served up a fastball on a 3-1 count and Goodwin did not miss. The man that was released by the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier this year belted the ball 371 feet for his first career walk-off home run. Brian Goodwin has hit six home runs this season. All of them have come in the second inning, except this one. The ball left his bat at 108 mph and Goodwin knew right away he got all of it.
“In my mind, it was (gone). I prayed to God I was right, just happened to be so,” Goodwin said. “But yeah, I had very little doubt.”
The real show began when Goodwin started his home run trot. After he watched the ball majestically clear the fence Goodwin pulled off a cold-blooded bat flip that seemed to have the hangtime of a punt. He then turned and pounded his chest in celebration.
The casualness in which he tosses the bat high into the air with one hand-mixed with the circumstances makes this one of the greatest White Sox bat flips of all time. Tim Anderson made batting flipping cool when he threw his bat like a javelin after hitting a home run off of Brad Keller. It then became one of his signature moves after doing it again a couple of weeks later when he did it after a walk-off home run.
Goodwins may have been better than both of them. It was Jose Bautista esque. Judge for yourself:
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Bat flip of the yr candidate for me! 🤷🏾♂️ https://t.co/LM1TQsgJ0P
— B. Goooood 🏁 (@thatBoy_GOOD1) August 1, 2021
Here is how it stacks up aginst Anderson’s and Bautista’s
LET'S GO HOME.
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After the game, Goodwin wasn’t focused on bat flips. Like the rest of the team, he kept his eye on the prize.
“We know where we’re trying to go, and that’s all the way through October,” Goodwin said. “Not to get ahead of ourselves, we all know we’ve got to take care of business, we’ve got to take care of the little things, the details, and make sure we handle our stuff the right way.
“We’ve got the same agenda. We know what we’re trying to do go and where we want to be when this season ends up. We just approach every game like it’s our last and play our hearts out, leave it all on the field.”