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The Bucs are putting a new spin on fake it 'til you make it...
When [Brandon Inge's] turn to "hit" arrived, he didn't short-change himself. He took a mighty hack -- without a bat. He watched the imaginary baseball disappear. Then he beat his chest and began to trot.
He slapped five with a first-base coach who forgot to exist. He pumped his fist a couple of times as he rounded second. He low-fived a third-base coach who was nowhere to be found. Then he fired his cap into the sky ("I had to flip the hat. I didn't have a helmet.") and jumped into a sea of Pirates humanity...
That'd be new infielder Brandon Inge practicing his walk-off home run swing/trot/celebration.
The Bucs hit just three walk-off home runs last year. But I guess it doesn't hurt to dream. Wonder when they're going to start working on the second-half collapse drill? They seem to be really good at that one.
Inge can pretend to hit walk-offs all he wants, he's never going to live up to Mike Morse's precedent when it comes to imaginary home runs:
Neil Walker with the afternoon's money quote:
"Yeah," said second baseman Neil Walkers
. "You don’t see many walk-offs with nobody pitching and nobody on."
You sure don't, Neil... You sure don't.