Edwin Encarnacion on walk-off 3-run home run ‘he hang it, I bang it’ (Video)

Edwin EncarnacionEdwin Encarnacion hammered a 3-run walk-off home run to give the Toronto Blue Jays a 7-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday, and he had a great quote about it.

According to The Canadian Press’ Melissa Couto, Encarnacion said “he hang it, I bang it,” after the win.

Great quote from Encarnacion. That’s been a saying in baseball circles for years regarding breaking balls a pitcher hangs, but I never thought I would see it used by a hitter after his walk-off homer.

Encarnacion now has taken the parrot for a walk 26 times this season, which times him with Nelson Cruz and Jose Abreu for the MLB lead. He also has more home runs than any player in baseball over the past three seasons.

Oh, and from what I could tell, Brandon Kintzler didn’t hang the breaking ball so much as he left it over the middle of the plate. That was the big mistake.

Edwin Encarnacion takes the parrot for a walk – greatest home run GIF ever

This amazing GIF of Edwin Encarnacion taking the parrot for a walk was featured on Reddit Baseball Tuesday, and I can’t stop watching it.

As best as I can tell, “taking the parrot for a walk” is a great saying in Blue Jays circles to describe it when Encarnacion hits a home run. Encarnacion already has 14 this season as a follow-up to his breakout 42-homer season last year.

Some commenters at Reddit believe the phrase originated on the Blue Jays telecasts.

The folks at Drunk Jays Fans have been referring to Encarnacion home runs that way since the beginning of May, and they even linked to the above GIF earlier in the month. They say site contributers Archi Zuber (@Archizuber) and Scott Johnson (@ScottJohnson48) were the ones who created the GIF.
Edwin Encarnacion parrot
When Encarnacion hits a home run, he circles the bases with his right arm cocked and his elbow up. Some people believe he does that because he is just getting prepared for all the high-fives he’ll be doling out, but a story by Jack Moore at Sports on Earth written earlier this month suggests another reason for the bizarre arm angle.

According to Moore, Encarnacion made a big adjustment to his swing before the 2012 MLB season. He began keeping his right arm on the bat on his follow-through whereas previously he let go of the bat with the arm. Moore writes:

“You can see Encarnacion holding his right hand — the one he used to drop off the bat — up at his shoulder as he circles the bases, serving as the perfect reminder of the adjustment that has breathed new life into his career.”

Whatever the reason for the cocked-arm trot, this walking the parrot GIF is amazing. I hope we’ll be hearing that phrase every time Encarnacion hits a home run.

Edwin Encarnacion hit a home run into the restaurant in Toronto (Video)

Edwin Encarnacion has teased fans for years with his potential, but he’s finally breaking out the way many believed he could. The Blue Jays DH/1B hit two home runs in Toronto’s 11-9 win over the Indians on Saturday, including one prodigious blast that went into the restaurant above the massive Honda advertisement above center field.

Encarnacion’s first home run was a two-run tomahawk job off Ubaldo Jimenez to left in the third to make it 4-2. His moon shot was a solo blast in the 5th (seen about 45 seconds into the video above) off Jeremy Accardo to make it 11-4. Encarnacion hammered the ball so hard center fielder Michael Brantley didn’t even move because he knew he didn’t have a shot at the ball.

According to SportsNet Canada, Jim Thome is the only other player to hit a ball into Sightlines Restaurant during a regular season game. Cecil Fielder hit a ball into the restaurant during the 1991 Home Run Derby, and Kirby Puckett put one there during the actual All-Star Game that year.

Estimates say the ball traveled 448 feet, but I think that’s a conservative measurement. Not bad returns for the Blue Jays on their investment after signing Encarnacion to a three-year $29 million contract over the All-Star break.

No Excuse for Edwin Encarnacion Not Hustling

What I read in the post-game recap of the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night disturbed me to no end.

Narron said he removed 3B Edwin Encarnacion from the lineup after one inning because Encarnacion did not run out a pop fly.

I finally saw the video of it on Thursday and have to agree with and praise manager Jerry Narron. Narron yanked Encarnacion from the lineup and replaced him with Juan Castro without hesitation.

“Eddie told me he did not see the ball,” Narron said. “You’ve still got to run. I don’t care if we lose every game. We’re not going to play guys who don’t hustle. Simple as that. I told them from Day 1. We’ll pinch-hit pitchers. We’ll play pitchers. If you cannot hustle, you cannot play. Simple as that.”

I don’t care if we lose every game we’re going to hustle while we’re doing it.

Now that’s the type of statement I truly appreciate. If you’re Encarnacion, rather, if you’re any player, there are only so many factors in the game you can control. You cannot control calls by an umpire, interference by fans, nor fantastic plays by the defense. But one thing you can always control is how hard you play. That’s what truly disappoints me about Encarnacion, and any player who doesn’t hustle for that matter.

I don’t care what kind of talent you have. I don’t care how much money you’re making. If you don’t run out pop flys, then you don’t make it on my team. Nor do you make it on Narron’s. I have a newfound respect for Jerry Narron and congratulate him for setting standards for hustling in the Major Leagues. Try this contradiction on for size — what would former Reds 3rd baseman, Charlie Hustle have to say about Encarnacion?