Fernandez Apologizes For Bat Flip, Hot-Dogging

By Blake Bass
Content Coordinator

Marlins_Jose_Fernandez_2013Jose Fernandez saved his first home run for his final at-bat of his rookie season.

But in the end Wednesday, the hit was the last thing anybody was talking about. It was the first three steps he took out of the batter’s box, the flip of his bat and the hot-dogging he did before rounding the bases, an immature, rookie mistake his manager said and one the Braves took exception to.

“I took the first two steps and right away my reaction was ‘Man I got to run,’” Fernandez said. “It was just not good. I walked the first three steps and I said ‘What I’m doing? I’m not in high school no more. Run.’ I have to respect the game a lot more than I did there.”

“I feel embarrassed. I feel like I don’t deserve to be here. This isn’t high school no more. This is a professional game and professional players doing what they’re supposed to do. I don’t think this was supposed to happen. And I’m embarrassed. Hopefully it won’t happen again. I made a mistake and I’m going to learn from it.”

Source: Miami Herald

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