McNeil unleashes first great bat flip of 2021

Baseball season has officially begun

April 8th, 2021

Sure, baseball is technically back. It started up last Thursday. There have been games for a week.

BUT, baseball isn't really officially back until there's been some out-of-this-world, dramatic bat flip after a home run (See Tim Anderson from 2019). And during Thursday's Marlins-Mets game, we got one. This time it was Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil after he tied up the game, 2-2, in the bottom of the ninth inning. It was magnificent.

Here's the dinger:

And the toss toward the Heavens:

"That was just spontaneous. I knew right when it left the bat, I got it," McNeil told's Anthony DiComo. "I've never bat-flipped before. That was the first time. So it was fun. My teammates loved it. It was a huge moment in the game. It was just all adrenaline, excitement all coming out at once. My first hit, hitting a big homer on my birthday. So just an incredible day."

Thank you, Jeff. Now the 2021 season can really begin.