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Courtney Hawkins celebrates being drafted by White Sox with impromptu back flip

Kevin Kaduk
Big League Stew

It could have gone down as the biggest disaster in draft-day history.

Luckily for the Chicago White Sox, Courtney Hawkins' odd way of celebrating only ended up being the most entertaining part of MLB Network's broadcast of Major League Baseball's amateur draft on Monday night. After being selected by the White Sox with the 13th pick of the night, the 18-year-old outfielder from Texas told reporter Sam Ryan that he'd pull off his trademark back flip, right there in the MLB Network studios.

He wasn't lying, either. Watch as Hawkins makes several members of Chicago's front office suddenly find their religion as their new player prepares to get his Ozzie Smith on:


That was actually really impressive, considering that Hawkins was wearing dress shoes on his feet and a shirt and tie underneath his new White Sox jersey. But while the acrobatic maneuver was a great example of the athleticism that caused the White Sox to select him, Hawkins later received some clear instructions from Chicago GM Kenny Williams:

"He said no more flips, keep my heels on the ground." Hawkins later told Ryan. "I do them all the time, but I'm going to stop now."

There is, after all, a big new contract for Hawkins to go head over heels for.

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