He failed, getting caught before he could even touch the ground.
— Hershel (@Hershel) October 26, 2017
He’ll be kicking himself too. Not just because he likely spent the night behind bars, but because he missed perhaps the most insane ending to a World Series game in the over 100 years the fall classic has been taking place.
The teams combined to hit eight home runs, a World Series record—but six of them came in the ninth inning later, as the back-and-forth, bat flip-laden affair didn’t end until the 11th inning.
One of the late dingers came off the bat of Carlos Correa, who went back-to-back with Jose Altuve in the 10th to give his squad a 5-3 lead.
— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) October 26, 2017
He celebrated by skying his bat into the air, finding a camera, and wagging his tongue for it.
— Josh Handszer (@joshhandszer) October 26, 2017
The bat flip and the tongue wag have been hallmarks of Puig’s postseason.
Any doubt that this was a troll job came after Correa’s Houston Astros team escaped with a 7-6 victory, when he quoted Puig’s tongue-in-cheek (so to speak) excuse for flipping his bat.
Carlos Correa: “Like one friend of mine once said, I don’t know why my bats are so slippery.”
— Jake Kaplan (@jakemkaplan) October 26, 2017
In the bottom half of the same inning, Puig responded with a homer of his own, and a troll job of his own—gently placing his bat in the dirt so as not to upset baseball’s whiny purists.
YASIEL PUIG GENTLY PUT HIS BAT DOWN 😂 pic.twitter.com/vTcRMg7QtC
— Baseball Bros (@BaseballBros) October 26, 2017
Puig, the present’s undisputed king of on-field fun, was all for Correa’s emotional display in the biggest game of either player’s life.
“I loved it,” Puig said after the loss. “It was a little bit higher than the bat flips I normally do; he was happy and that’s the way you should play in the World Series. Not everybody gets to play in a place like this. It’s good that [Correa] plays like that and it’s good that Latino players are able to contribute that way. He wasn’t batting too well and he was only getting a few hits and when he got the home run, it was a moment for him to be happy. I’m glad to that he was able to celebrate that.”