Jamie Romak, a former MLB journeyman who now plays for the KBO’s SK Wyverns, has perfected the bat flip into a seamless technical marvel.
Jamie Romak never quite found his niche in stateside baseball. A fourth-round draft pick by the Atlanta Braves in 2003, the London, Ontario native wouldn’t make his big league debut until 2014 as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers, his fifth career employer. He went on to play in Japan, and has plied his trade in South Korea’s KBO since 2017 playing first base and outfield for the SK Wyverns.
But he’s not just some 34-year-old hump out there. No, he’s got the kind of bat flip swagger that could collapse an empire.
That’s smoother than Lou Rawls. That’s slicker than Danny Ocean. That’s a level of sweeping legato form that should even have Tim Anderson taking notes.
He may have only managed 53 total plate appearances in the MLB, but Jamie Romak is a singular. His oeuvre is akin to that of the great Renaissance masters. You cannot look at his wrist action and effortless dexterity and tell me that this man has never painted a chapel ceiling.
In these days of peril concerning the possibility of playing a 2020 Major League Baseball season at all, we need heroes like this. Let us all genuflect, then, at the altar of the Romak Attak.