The Korean professional baseball league, KBO, has become the ultimate safe haven for showmanship in recent years, with batters taken to flipping their weapons of choice after deep drives, sometimes whether they clear the fence or not. It’s an ugly but entertaining habit, and it appears to be catching on at the younger levels, too.
As noted by Deadspin, two Korean Little Leaguers used massive bat flips on deep fly outs during Little League World Series action on Sunday. Yes, both drives were deep, but neither were Barry Bonds deep. And given that the Korean squad already had a lead over their Puerto Rican foes in both at-bats, it’s not as if those drives were going to win the game, either.
Rather, they just provided enough power for a pair of young sluggers to feel comfortable flexing their individual muscle. Maybe next time they’ll wait to make sure it carries as well as they think it will before starting the celebration.