Scouting The Kinsler Celebration
The bat didn’t gather much height, but it was the authority that Kinsler had when he flipped it that earns him such a high grade. The flip had a certain nastiness to it that Oakland Athletics’ AAA Shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima could certainly appreciate. While Nakajima’s is more traditional, Kinsler receives points for being aggressive.
JET Wings: 40 grade
Kinsler’s Jason Terry impersonation needs work, but he gets credit for doing a celebration rarely seen in the tradition-rich game of baseball. As you can see, JET fully commits to his narcissistic behavior by getting low to the ground and fully extending his arms. It is apparent that Kins’ airplane move was completely spontaneous as he seems unknot so sure of himself as he does it.
Overall Body Language: 80 grade
Kinsler is criticized more than any other player on the team for body language. He doesn’t run hard enough to first and he slumps his shoulders on a pop up, the critics wail on and on about. They don’t appreciate his ability to hit for power, play solid defense, be a threat on the base paths and be a “top step guy” in the dugout. He is this team’s most valuable player in 2013 and this single celebratory moment sums it up more than any words I can say.