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SB Nation MLB Awards: White Sox Celebration of the Year voting

A team that isn't much for bat flipping found other ways to punctuate big moments

The fourth category of the SB Nation MLB Awards is officially for "bat flip/celebration of the year," but the White Sox aren't much of a bat-flipping team.

Which is fine for now. I'm pro-flip, but I kinda tire of the referendums that come with the territory, where complaints about disrespecting the game are met with "OMG THIS BAT FLIP IS EVERYTHING FIRE EMOJI," although sometimes that order is reversed. Thankfully, we could enjoy Tadahito Iguchi's exclamation points in peace.

In the place, I dug up six memorable celebratory reactions in other forms.

Conor Gillaspie goes nuts

Back on April 25, Gillaspie, then a viable starting third baseman for the White Sox, delivered a two-run single to give the White Sox a 4-3 lead ... and lost all control.


Gordon Beckham is stir crazy

The "stir the drink" thing could've been cool. Maybe if actually signaled the start of the serious run-scoring. Or if several other teams didn't have similar gestures for their teams. The latter isn't as big of a deal, because it had an organic beginning (making fun of an Adam Eaton quote), but those more potent offenses ended up wearing it better.

It came close to being a thing in May. Here's Gordon Beckham stirring to save a life after his walk-off hit on Mother's Day.

Carlos Sanchez stirry night

Kinda funny how the celebrations from the past and present White Sox second basemen mimic their defensive styles. Beckham has the brute-force approach above, while Sanchez executed a smoother, more elegant stir after his walk-off single against Cleveland.

Enhance (via SSE):

Avisail Garcia surprises himself

You normally don't see a 6-foot-4-inch, 255-pound defensive end skipping as though he's holding a giant lollipop while wearing a velvet suit with short pants, but it works.

Trayce Thompson's silent treatment

The cold shoulder after the first homer isn't unique. The mimed congratulations from the player being ignored is growing more common, too. But Thompson shows an advanced approach, breaking up the organized effort by hitting a stoic Jose Abreu right in the breadbasket.


Silent Treatment Enhanced

Rob Brantly runs out of people to high-five

Brantly already had four MLB homers on his record before he hit his first for the White Sox on Sept. 8, so the dugout was ready to receive him in full force. Yet even with an expanded roster's worth of bodies in the dugout, Brantly wanted more.

Rob Brantly celebration

Enhance Leury Garcia breaking the fourth wall:

Leury Garcia fourth wall

Rob Brantly celebrates a home run in the outfield

One day later, Brantly was in the bullpen to catch Abreu's homer to left field. September was a slog for another miserable Sox team, so it was nice to see somebody making sure he didn't take any month in the majors for granted.