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Joc Pederson's Reaction to Failed Walk-Off Home Run Was Hilarious

David Kaestle
Video of Joc Pederson celebrating a sacrifice fly with a bat flip.
Video of Joc Pederson celebrating a sacrifice fly with a bat flip. / David Banks/Getty Images
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It's tough to imagine something more exhilarating than hitting a walk-off home run in a Major League Baseball game. Knowing you have just brought home the exciting win for your team with a single swing of the bat has to be incredibly exciting. Although for Joc Pederson on Wednesday night, a little too exciting.

With the Chicago Cubs down one run against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and men on second and third base, Pederson hit a deep drive to right field. And judging by his initial reaction, Pederson thought it was headed for the bleachers.

Pederson flipped his bat and emphatically stared at the Cubs' dugout as if he had just won the game. The one problem, the ball never reached the seats, it died out in right field and turned into a sacrifice fly.

Granted, still a good job to get the run home and tie the game, but it wasn't exactly the outcome he had expected on contact or one that would traditionally warrant a bat flip of that nature. The game is certainly changing to be more in favor of bat flips, but if we're doing them on sac flys, it might be time to pump the breaks a bit.

The Cubs and Pederson were all smiles about his premature celebration as he trotted back to the dugout, and all ended well in Chicago as Anthony Rizzo drove home the winning run the following inning.


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