|Why Cody Ross hates his bat flip but can’t stop doing it||05.12.12 at 11:42 pm ET|
For the first time since April 23, it made an appearance.
The Cody Ross bat flip.
The Red Sox outfielder launched his sixth home run of the season in the sixth inning of his team’s 4-1 win over the Indians Saturday night. And before the ball even cleared the left field wall, Ross’ bat had been tossed toward the Indians dugout to punctuate the moment.
But believe it or not, for Ross it is a trademark he never wished made an appearance in the first place.
“I’m not trying to show anybody up. It’s just a reaction,” he explained. “I actually don’t like it. I wish I could get rid of my bat a different way, maybe like Lance Berkman, hitting it and setting it on the plate. It just happens.
“You can’t really practice that. I don’t go home at night and think about ways to let go of my bat when I hit a ground ball or a fly ball. It just happens. When I hit a ground ball I let my bat go back where it hits the plate. Sometimes when I hit a fly ball I’ll throw my bat another way in disgust. When I hit a home run I still throw it, but it’s more like … it’s kind of a weird deal.”
Ross doesn’t know exactly when the practice of tossing the bat to the side after hitting a home run first appeared, but he does remember when it was initially noticed.
“I’m not sure when the first time is, but I know when I was with the Marlins and I was facing Matt Cain was the first time people made a big deal about it,” Ross said. “I hit a home run off of him and I guess I flipped my bat and he kind of stared at me and watched me run around the bases. I didn’t really realize I did it because I don’t realize I’m doing it, and I don’t want to do it. But it’s just something that kind of happens.
“So, he didn’t like it, we left town and about a month later I got claimed off waivers by the Giants. I was walking around the clubhouse saying, ‘Hey,’ to everybody and he’s sitting in his locker. I knew Matt was a really nice guy but didn’t really know him all that well. I walk up to him and said, ‘Hey man, how you doing?’ He looked at me and said, ‘Do you think you could have flipped your bat any further?’ I’m just like, ‘Bro, I’m so sorry. You’re not the first. Let me go show you some video of people I’ve actually done it to in the past, but I don’t mean to.’ ”
Since then, Ross has made nice with Cain, while continuing his unwanted habit.
“Nobody has really thrown at me before,” he joked, “probably because they would rather try and get me out.”
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