Carlos Ruiz had a career night last night - knocking in seven runs in the Phils 15-13 loss to Atlanta. In the bottom of the sixth Ruiz threw out Jason Heyward, who was trying to steal second. Chooch came to the plate in the top half of the next frame and hit a three-run home run off of Eric O'Flaherty to put the Phils (temporarily) back on top.
For anyone watching, the highlight of Chooch's home run was his bat flip after launching the ball into the left field seats. As he's become more and more comfortable in the big leagues Ruiz has gotten a bit more expressive. Stone-faced and quiet his first few years with the Phils, Chooch's personality is on display much more often.
The bat flip took things to a whole other level, which got me thinking about the best Phils bat flips of all time. For me, the list begins and ends with Sarge's bat flip in Game Four of the 1983 NLCS against Jerry Reuss and the Dodgers. However, the Chooch-flip was fantastic in its own right. Which was better? You decide.
Videos after the Jump...
First, courtesy of Zoo With Roy's TwitVid account, is the Chooch-flip.
Next, Sarge's absolutely dismissive-how-dare-you-insult-me-with-that-pitch-didn't-you-know-what-I-was-going-to-with-that-junk-don't-bring-that-mess-to-me bat flip.
Well, which was better?
LOUISVILLE, Ky.-- Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning, who pitched six seasons with the Phillies and went on to serve in Congress, has died. He was 85.
Bunning's death was confirmed by Jon Deuser, who served as chief of staff when Bunning was in the Senate. Deuser said he was notified about the death by Bunning's family.
Bunning won 224 games in a 17-year major-league career and pitched the first perfect game in modern National League history. It came with the Phillies on June 21, 1964.
He became the first pitcher after 1900 to throw no-hitters in both the American and National Leagues.
He belonged to a rare group of major league pitchers to throw a perfect game in the modern era.
A Kentucky Republican, he was the only member of the Baseball Hall of Fame to serve in Congress. He served in both the House and Senate.
Cesar Hernandez returns to the Phillies' punchless lineup Saturday afternoon against the Reds (4 p.m./TCN).
Hernandez, who missed Friday night's 5-2 loss with a groin injury, is back at second base and leading off. Hernandez has led off in all 44 games he's started this season. The fifth-year pro has struggled after getting off to a torrid start. He's hitting just .185 (10 for 54) over his last 14 games.
After bouncing around the lineup, centerfielder Odubel Herrera returns to his customary spot in the two-hole. Herrera's season is a microcosm of the Phils' woeful offense. An All-Star in 2016, Herrera is hitting just .227 this season. Manager Pete Mackanin hopes the Venezuelan will hit his way out of it soon (see story).
Here is the rest of today's lineup:
1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Odubel Herrera, CF
3. Aaron Altherr, LF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Michael Saunders, RF
6. Maikel Franco, 3B
7. Cameron Rupp, C
8. Freddy Galvis, SS
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P