This Japanese player punctuated his walk-off homer with a backflip onto home plate
Backflips aren't new to baseball. Ozzie Smith did one nearly every day, and Twins Minor Leaguer Dusten Knight busts out the move every time he nails down a save.
But very few players have gone where Kenji Akashi of Japan's SoftBank Hawks just went. Not only did he do a backflip -- he did a backflip onto home plate after crushing a walk-off dinger:
明石サヨナラホームランでバク宙ホームインwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww#sbhawks pic.twitter.com/9z16FyphQ7— プロ野球おもしろ超速報 (@baseballchosoku) April 25, 2019
The Russian judge gives it a 9.7.