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Tim Anderson eats spaghetti after homers

"It's a pasta party!"
@michaelsclair
August 19, 2020

Playing youth sports usually meant that when the game was over, we'd all pile together in someone's minivan and go get pizza. The White Sox's Tim Anderson has kept a pretty similar -- and fantastic -- tradition. When he homers, he eats a large spaghetti dinner. Coming up to bat

Playing youth sports usually meant that when the game was over, we'd all pile together in someone's minivan and go get pizza.

The White Sox's Tim Anderson has kept a pretty similar -- and fantastic -- tradition. When he homers, he eats a large spaghetti dinner.

Coming up to bat to in the bottom of the first on Tuesday, White Sox broadcaster Jason Benetti had the story.

"It's big news in the Anderson household every time he hits a home run because they have a ritual," Benetti said. "It's spaghetti night for dinner; he gets a big plate of spaghetti. So he loves the home runs."

Even better, Benetti was explaining this just before Anderson went deep off Tigers rookie Tarik Skubal, so he got to shout, "It's time for a pasta party!"

Sorry, but this is now canon for how all of Anderson's home runs must be announced:

As for which kind of pasta? "Just meatball and spaghetti, I keep it simple," Anderson said after the game.

Anderson's spaghetti-inspired homer was his second straight dinger to lead off a game. Guy is gonna be carbo-loading like he's about to run a marathon.

Of course, all this pasta prattle is just another part of what makes Anderson one of the most fun and exciting players in the game. After winning the batting title last season, Anderson has followed that up with an even better 2020. Entering Wednesday's action, the shortstop was hitting .379 -- 44 points higher than last season.

He also dances:

Gets excited for his teammates:

And doesn't bat flip as much as bat chuck. It's so iconic, it was immortalized in a video game. Now MLB: The Show just needs to add the pasta:

Michael Clair writes for MLB.com. He spends a lot of time thinking about walk-up music and believes stirrup socks are an integral part of every formal outfit.