Welcome back to the 2021 Bat Flip THUNDERDOME, where we’ve been thinning the pack all week and are down to the four best bat flips of the 2021 season. We’ve seen plenty of hard-fought victories and crushing upsets so far, so if this is your first time voting with us, you can also check out the previous matchups here:
And then, there were four:
And just in case we have any newcomers with us (or if you just haven’t had your coffee yet), here are the rules once more!
- Bracket seedings have been randomized
- You will be voting on the best batting celebration, which includes the bat flip/drop as well as anything the hitter does running down the first base line (e.g. pounding their chest, yelling at the dugouts, etc.)
- You can only vote on a matchup once, so make sure you pick the one you absolutely want.
- Voting will continue until 12:00 a.m. EST the following morning.
Now enough stalling. Let’s vote!
In our first semifinal matchup, we have Brian Goodwin and Jesse Winker scrapping for a trip to the Thunderdome finale. Goodwin was able to overcome Taylor Trammell and his ridiculous double flip in the previous round, sweeping up two-thirds of the community vote. Jesse Winker, meanwhile, had everyone seeing Red with his mammoth blast into the bleachers beyond the fence in right-center. He then shrugged off the bat, sending it falling into the dirt while looking cooler than the other side of the pillow. Unfortunately, only one of these electric moments will move on to the Thunderdome championship! Fortunately, it’s on you, the people, to decide and not me. Good luck!
In a battle of two of MLB’s most electrifying shortstops, we have Fernando Tatis Jr. fighting for the chance to defend his 202o Thunderdome crown against the South Side’s Tim Anderson, and his Hollywood walk-off against the Yankees at the Field of Dreams game. Tatis is showing up with some firepower of his own, with a booming home run and cold-blooded flip from his May battle with the Mariners, but it might not be enough to overcome the fireworks of Anderson’s drive into the corn. Time to find out!
As we draw closer to the grand finale of the tournament, be sure to represent your favorites in the comment section and on Twitter, and don’t forget to check in tomorrow to help us crown our 2021 champion. See you then!
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