Diaz regrets bat flip vs. Marlins

Matt Diaz said he got caught up in the moment of his game-tying two-run home run in the ninth inning Sunday when he flipped his bat before heading to run around the bases.

In the aftermath of the Braves’ celebration following Brian McCann’s ensuing walk-off homer to beat the Marlins, he felt a twinge of regret.

“Coming around third you see the dugout and you see the bat boy picking up the bat over by the dugout, like wow, did I do that?” Diaz said. “I didn’t know how far. It was ugly. There was a Sammy Sosa hop involved, with a Bret Boone bat flip, with a Paul O’Neill head-down-not-look-at-it but then look at it later.”

The Braves play the Marlins again this weekend in Florida. But Diaz said he hopes there’s some understanding from Marlins reliever Leo Nunez, a former teammate of Diaz’s with the Kansas City Royals.

“Leo is a high emotional pitcher anyway and when he has a big strikeout, he’ll let you know it,” Diaz said. “Those guys usually understand guys who get caught up in emotion and do something like I did yesterday.”

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August 30th, 2010
7:52 pm

dont feel bad Matt… you earned it!


August 30th, 2010
7:57 pm

Come on Matty you do not have to apologize at all.


August 30th, 2010
8:00 pm

Read “The Baseball Codes: Beanballs, Sign Stealing & Bench Clearing Brawls: The Unwritten Rules of America’s Pastime.” Yeah, he does need to apologize. And he’ll still probably get drilled next weekend.

dawg fight

August 30th, 2010
8:13 pm

Don’t feel bad. If he hits you, just charge the mound and make him pay!


August 30th, 2010
8:13 pm

It was kinda rude, when I saw it I was like, “WTF?”

Take the hit, it’s a free base runner for us.

c. tampa ironworse

August 30th, 2010
8:14 pm

Matty D!!! Flip Away…Flip Away…Flip Away…Dixieland!

Class Class Class

August 30th, 2010
8:16 pm

Thats why we love you Matty, you did it without meaning to, and you are apologizing for something no one really noticed. You deserve a little celebration though, it was a big hit at a BIG moment. Nothing to be sorry for. Sure its a little unwritten code of conduct thing, but you deserve your moment. Go BRAVES


August 30th, 2010
8:45 pm

Class act there Matty!

Nocahomas' Wigwam

August 30th, 2010
8:48 pm

Are you kidding me? Relax Matty. Escobar used to flip his bat on any ball that went more than 5 feet.


August 30th, 2010
8:57 pm

hahahaha Wigwam. thats funny, he did though… i dont think he should apologize either. Marlins probably didnt even see it.


August 30th, 2010
9:01 pm


Why should we (or Matty) read that book? Is it some kind of authority on Baseball? Is everything in it true and infallible? Why don’t you read this book: “Give me a break: the guy hit a 2-run shot in the bottom of the 9th at home to tie the game after being down 6-1 two innings earlier”. Matty is a nice guy…everyone knows that. I think it is hilarious that someone like Jim would suggest that a major league player read some book to tell them how to behave on the diamond. Give me a break…I hate it whenever people judge others and tell them how they should behave. What about how much eye black the Marlins wear? Is that in the book? The Braves are one of the classiest teams in baseball. Matty doesn’t need to read a book, he needs hit.


August 30th, 2010
9:15 pm

well put Cory!!! Couldn’t agree more!


August 30th, 2010
9:46 pm

It was the emotion of the moment…What, are we supposed to be robots?

mike lum

August 30th, 2010
10:12 pm

How many players would admit their regret? Very few, if more than just this one. Matt Diaz is special.


August 30th, 2010
10:15 pm

If only he hit righties


August 30th, 2010
10:41 pm

World class pimp job by Matte D. Hey, in that situation, I’d've moonwalked to first.

cattle dawg

August 30th, 2010
10:44 pm

Good post tyree, and throw in a backflip when you cross home.


August 30th, 2010
10:58 pm

As long as I get a glimpse of those dimples he can darn well do whatever he wants!


August 30th, 2010
11:40 pm

@Cory, of course Matt Diaz doesn’t need to read the book Jim mentioned.. he knows the unwritten rules, and that’s why he felt bad about the bat flip afterwards. Jim was just pointing out that the earlier posters on the board ought to read that book, so they would understand why an apology might be called for. And really, don’t be so afraid of books… you might learn something new.


August 30th, 2010
11:47 pm

I hope Matty gets to FLIP the bat again a couple more times this weekend! Hee-hee! But I get why he’s publicly regretting it. He doesn’t want a Marlin pitcher to throw a close one inside on him.


August 31st, 2010
12:28 am

10:15 pm – You are aware he hit that off of a righty?

Younger Than That Now

August 31st, 2010
2:29 am

Are you kidding me?!? Matty D… the guy who’s never seen a pitch he didn’t like… hits a 2 run shot to tie the game in the bottom of the 9th after being down 5 runs two innings earlier… and he “should” apologize for an innocent, and not really noticable flip of the bat?!? You that are whining about the “unwritten rules” should probably note that he did this in his own ballpark… not on the road… and that same “unwritten rule” might hold a little more truth if he was at the mosquito pit in south Florida ballpark… but he was at home… in his house… the house that Chipper, Smoltz, Maddux and Glavine built. If the Braves were playing in Midamnami I might agree… but they weren’t. But that’s Matty D for you… a humble, down to earth guy that gives 100% every game and who knows where his blessings come from. He’s a special player and I’m very proud that he wears the tomahawk across his chest.

I Wear No Pants

August 31st, 2010
3:12 am

He wasn’t showing anybody up, he just knew he crushed it. And when he tossed the bat I knew it was goin out, the game was tied, and I, along with every other Braves fan watching the game at the bar, was pumped!! I appreciate Matty’s classy move in acknowledging it publicly, but he was in the heat of the moment! I love seeing the emotion, you’re supposed to be fired up when you come back from a huge deficit after facing one of the games best pitchers! Personally I thought the bat toss was the best part of the whole thing.

German Shepherd Dawg

August 31st, 2010
3:41 am

He’s smart enough not to want a fastball thrown at his head.


August 31st, 2010
7:37 am

Well said Younger and 100% correct. Good lord are we to take all emotions out of every sport now? How many Braves fans are going to apologize to anyone for clapping and cheering when he hit it?


August 31st, 2010
7:40 am

What! A Brave showing some emotion, that will get you traded.


August 31st, 2010
8:15 am

Escobar used to do that when he struck out with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth! I have to admit, the man could hit .500 for Toronto and I will never think that trade was a mistake. Regarding Matty, that is the closest I have seen him be unsportsmanlike. He is class act! He is still going to get thrown at over the weekend. I just hope it hits the back or thigh and not his wrists.

Brad Komminsk

August 31st, 2010
9:14 am

i flipped a bat once. after a strike out but a flipped bat none the less. i still have some good at bats left Bobby


August 31st, 2010
9:23 am

If you hit two runs homer every night, I don’t mind seeing your bad flipped toward our dougout. Bobby may have to move other side thou.


August 31st, 2010
10:17 am

arbyjr, “And really, don’t be so afraid of books… you might learn something new.”

An ad hominem, also known as argumentum ad hominem (Latin: “to the man”), is an attempt to link the validity of a premise to a characteristic or belief of the person advocating the premise.[1] The ad hominem is a classic logical fallacy.[2] Wikipedia

I love these speculative statements that try to redirect the discussion and paint the author as less than credible. #1 How do you know that I don’t like books? #2 How do you know that I’ll learn something? #3 What in the hell does that have to do with whether or not Matty D should read “The Book”?

Go Braves! I loved the moonwalk comment. No one wants to see robots play. If I did, I simulate games on MLB the Show (PS3); but I like seeing real athletes showing real emotion in a real game.


August 31st, 2010
10:47 am

Everyone loved it when Sammy Sosa flipped his bat an did his little “hop” when he hit a homerun, Dont worry about it matty! I loved seeing it.


August 31st, 2010
11:17 am

It’s called being a Christian and if he didn’t mean to he wanted to make sure he didn’t offend anyone. So, Matty I tip my hat to you.


August 31st, 2010
12:06 pm

I hope to see Matt Diaz in a Braves uniform for a long time.

Sonny Jackson

August 31st, 2010
12:10 pm

Just one more reason why he’s my favorite player!

Auburn Fan

August 31st, 2010
12:34 pm

I just hope he keeps hitting in clutch situations. Bat flips are nothing. If he throws at you we get even.

Get Real

August 31st, 2010
1:05 pm

“He’ll probably get drilled next weekend…”

Oh yeah, like all the other showboats in this league. Hmm, just about EVERY player will stand and watch a homerun, flip a bat, or do something else to show up the other team. I don’t think that is why they do it, but that is exactly what it is: showing up the other team. You should get drilled. But then you’d have to drill every player after they hit a homerun. Not happening.

Escobar wasn't emotion...

August 31st, 2010
1:12 pm

I think sir, you are confusing emotion with lackadaisicalness; which is exactly what Escobar was. Damn, I don’t get this from you people. Everyone here loves Prado; so how can anyone here also defend Yunel?? I mean, Prado is the ‘anti-Yunel’.

Maybe a little less crying about the Braves and a bit more support at the stadium. Man, the late August crowds of 12000 are a disgrace. Let’s see, best HOME RECORD in baseball; first place in the division, tight race with the Phillies….damn I would have to say Atlanta deserves to lose their team.

Albuquerque Braves…sounds good to me, what do you guys think? Ah no one would care anyway.


August 31st, 2010
1:47 pm

ok seeing as that I was the first to post… i have, in fact read THAT book… @Jim… infact, I own it, b/c it is a decent read… but give me a break, its one thing to flip your bat being down 6 runs and hitting a meaningless solo shot, but that one was a GAME TYING home run…nuf said… In fact, I’m thinking of writing an appendix to that book that allows that bat flip to happen when a certain HR to that effect occurs


August 31st, 2010
5:22 pm

dont be such a sissy


August 31st, 2010
5:30 pm

Matt can flip my bat anytime he wants.


August 31st, 2010
11:18 pm

Matt E. is truly classy to even talk about regret about this. Had the privilege to meet his brother Jonny at a concert last Saturday, got him to sign my Diaz T-shirt and my wife got him to put a note on it for Matt… Jonny seems like real good guy in person and in concert too. Quite the family.

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