Top Ten Reasons Luis Valbuena Will Flip His Bat

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In the bottom of the third inning of the Saturday game against the Houston Astros, Luis Valbuena hit a two-run single…and flipped his bat.  Usually, bat flips are reserved for humongous hits, i.e. a grand slam, but Luis seems to love doing this, almost like he has some weird baseball-related Tourette’s tic.  That got me to wondering…what are the biggest factors in determining whether you will see a Luis Valbuena bat flip?  He’s turned it into an art-form, it’s incredible.

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Top Ten List

Luis Valbuena Bat Flips

  1. Called strikeout – as if to protest the call, because NOBODY strikes out the Valbuena.
  2. Base on balls – yes, this happened.  I am sad that I have no video proof of this and unfortunately cannot download the image from my brain, but it was spectacular.
  3. Hit by pitch – this prevents Luis from having to bash in the pitcher’s head with the bat.
  4. Single – see above
  5. Double – it’s only two bases away from being a home run.
  6. Triple – the bat flip gives him an extra push out of the box.
  7. Home run – obvious reason for doing this, right?
  8. Infield hit – see #6, it helps, okay?
  9. Deep flyout – the extra wind from the bat flip MIGHT have pushed the ball out, but the outfielder just made a really good play.  Luis tips his cap.
  10. Ninja battle – no ninja wants to be anywhere close to a Luis Valbuena bat flip.

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Rice Cube is the executive vice president of snark at World Series Dreaming. He loves all things Cubs, with notable exceptions (specifically, the part of Cubs fandom that pisses him off). Follow on Twitter at cubicsnarkonia

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