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.”