Scouting The Kinsler Celebration

In Thursday’s ballgame, Ian Kinsler had the big hit of the ballgame when he took a 97 mph Sean Doolittle fastball the other way for a two RBI single. Kinsler never being one to hold back his emotions, celebrated the only way he knew how:

Bat Flip: 70 grade

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.

Eddie Middlebrook is the co-host of “Chin Music” and VP of Media for ShutDowninning. He can be reached at or on Twitter @emiddlebrook
Eddie Middlebrook
Eddie Middlebrook is Senior Writer for @ballparkbanter9 and @shutdowninning. Formerly with @wfaasports and @FoxSportsSW. @IBWAA member. Eddie can be found on Twitter @emiddlebrook.

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