The White Sox made national headlines on Wednesday for being involved in a scuffle with the Kansas City Royals after an emphatic bat flip by Tim Anderson.
The 25-year old Anderson absolutely crushed his 50th career home run in the fourth inning and followed with the bat flip-heard-’round-the-world. Later on, Kansas City pitcher Brad Keller hit Anderson with a fastball and chaos ensued. In the end, ump Joe West ejected Keller, Anderson, White Sox manager Rick Renteria and Royals bench coach Dale Sveum.
The incident certainly caught the eye of the Twittersphere, with the reactions being split down the middle.
Guys are getting a little excessive on pimping HRs, on meaningless HRs too. Act like you have done it before, one time.— Randal Grichuk (@RGrich15) April 17, 2019
I feel like a lot of baseball players couldn’t survive playing another sport. Why do people get mad for batflips? Your feelings hurt? Lol imagine somebody dunking on you and and talking mess right in your face. You just gotta get even..— CountOnAG (@Amir_Garrett) April 18, 2019
Anderson had a response to a tweet from Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Randal Grichuk, who seemed to be referencing Anderson in complaining about the “excessive” “pimping” on homeruns.
😂 Put a name on so we can see who you talking bout bra💯— T A 7 (@TimAnderson7) April 18, 2019
My take. He batflips cool. You take it to the chin and wear it. But next time you face him. Strike him out, and do whatever you gotta do. Fist pump, moonwalk, cartwheel. Do whatever. I’m all for it. Both ways. lol— CountOnAG (@Amir_Garrett) April 18, 2019
And even free agent NFL quarterback Josh McCown got in on the debate:
I get the “unwritten rules” I guess.— Josh McCown (@JoshMcCown12) April 18, 2019
However it seems super petty getting pissed at a bat flip & in turn inflicting pain in retaliation.Try getting your face ripped off by a DE & watching him dance near you as a DB high steps into the end zone on a pick six. That sucks https://t.co/ufOHm49MkJ
The White Sox don’t see the Royals again until May 27, so Anderson and co. will have a awhile before they get a chance to get payback in the form of a win.