Tim Anderson's bat flip against the Kansas City Royals was undoubtedly one of the biggest moments of the White Sox season.
The guy who gave up the homer doesn't seem to agree.
As we found out in the aftermath, there was a lot more behind the bat flip than just celebrating a fourth-inning home run in April.
Royals pitcher Brad Keller plunked Anderson in retaliation, cranking up baseball's never-ending debate between old-school and new-school styles.
Anderson was ejected and suspended for what he called Keller after getting hit, turning the conversation to race and the dwindling number of black major leaguers.
The tragedies of Anderson's life played their own role in the ensuing discussions, too, with his quest to inject more fun into a game he called "boring" mirroring his mission to have more fun in his own life after his best friend was killed.
But Keller, who called the way Anderson celebrated "over the top" and described his in-game fury toward the bat flip, thinks the White Sox and their fans should stop celebrating a moment from a game the South Siders lost.
"I get tagged in like everything Tim Anderson or White Sox. White Sox fans have a fascination with tagging my name," Keller said during an appearance on The Charity Stripe podcast. "When it comes to (the originally scheduled date for) Opening Day this year, and obviously we didn't play, the White Sox tweeted out a thing that was, 'Since we're not playing the Royals, let's review our top five games against the Royals.' And the No. 1 game was the Tim Anderson game. And they lost.
"Everyone was like, 'How does it feel to be the No. 1 game?' And I'm like, 'Dude, we won the game. I don't get what you're talking about here. This isn't about me. We won the game.'"
White Sox fans might be getting sick of hearing from Keller, who has quickly — and somewhat happily, it seems — attained villain status in Chicago. But he's sick of hearing from them, too, and has a request for White Sox Twitter.
"I get tagged in everything. Apparently (Anderson) did like a Q&A, and someone asked him how bad he wanted to hit a home run off me. And he wrote 'so bad.' And everyone tagged me and was like, 'He owns you!' And I was like, 'Oh my god, give it a rest.'
"And the thing is, they haven't given up on it. They keep posting the same video over and over and over. It happened a year ago. It didn't even happen at the end of the season, it happened at the beginning of the season. So much shit happened during the middle of the season, I don't get why you keep bringing up one moment over and over and over. Give up."
Keep in mind, of course, that harassing people online is a bad thing to do. Don't do it.
Keller explained that he was surprised he didn't get more verbal abuse at Guaranteed Rate Field after all the bad stuff he heard on social media. The reason? People rarely say the horrible things they say from behind a screen to someone's face. This is all a good reminder that those types of things shouldn't be directed at someone in any venue.
Keller, for what it's worth, should also know it's not right to intentionally throw a projectile at someone to punish them for celebrating.
But this rivalry isn't likely to die anytime soon. Anderson had his own response after seeing Keller's thoughts Tuesday:
You named every excuse in book bra. It’s ok to show love sometimes. You ain’t gone always be at your best.... and when you ain’t IM ON YO ASS 😂 https://t.co/J6oQ9W8TFF— T A 7 (@TimAnderson7) May 26, 2020
Keller's not likely to get his wish to stop seeing Anderson's bat flip on social media. As explained, it was a big moment of the 2019 season for a host of reasons. Him serving up a home run was just part of the story.
Here's hoping that the online behavior remains respectful, the rivalry stays heated on the field (without anyone getting hurt) and that Anderson keeps being Anderson and continues to bring more highlight-reel fun to the South Side.