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Premature Korean bat flip can happen to anybody

David Brown
Big League Stew

Nothing beats that feeling when a batter just knows he has hit a home run, and is so confident the ball will fly away that he joyously flips his bat while still standing in the box. Only, what happens when an outfielder for the other team makes a leaping catch at the fence?

Oh, flip.

Korean Professional Baseball League slugger Lee Ho-jun of the NC Dinos recently found out that you better make double-secret probation sure that you've gone deep. Instead, Son Ah-seop of Lotte made sure he wouldn't even get one or two bases, much less four.

If this play seems vaguely familiar, there's a reason: With the same two teams playing at the same stadium in May, another batter for Lotte did the same thing. Worse, he thought he had tied the score with a home run in the bottom of the ninth inning.

What an odd coincidence. Is there something about the ballpark that gets batters overconfident? Apparently premature Korean bat flip really can happen to anyone. Can you imagine it happening to Cody Ross, the preeminent bat flipper of North American baseball? You'd think Ross wouldn't make such a mistake, but if he plays long enough...

And yet, to ears that don't understand Korean, the best parts of the videos are the announcers' excited calls. Let's add a Korean SAP channel to North American broadcasts. Korean as a spoken language really lends itself well to calling big plays in baseball games.

Thank you, MyKBO.net for tracking the Korean season.

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