Friday, May 30, 2014

Flashback Friday: The Birth of Edwin Encarnacion's Chicken Wing Home Run Trot


Sometimes the best traditions are born by total accident. Such is the case with Edwin Encarnacion and his famous "chicken wing trot", walking the parrot, T-Rex arm, Edwing, or whatever you want to call it.

In honour of Edwin Encarnacion's torrent pace in the month of May, this week's Flashback Friday takes a look back at the origin of EE's famous chicken wing trot.

The very first instance of Edwin walking the parrot came on April 28th 2012 against the Seattle Mariners. In fact it came to be by complete accident. To learn about it's inception, we have this explanation from Jose Bautista via his appearance on Intentional Talk:

"I think the way it got started was one day he hit a line drive, one of those 'you don't know if it's going to go or not' so he was chugging around first and almost fell down.

He was just kind of leaning and kind of just stayed that way, and everybody was like 'that looked cool, you need to do that again'."

Here's the home run in question, a grand slam off Hisashi Iwakuma on April 28th 2012.

Because of the camera angles, it's kind of hard to tell whether Edwin Encarnacion was in fact close to taking a tumble around first base, but it certainly makes sense that he might elevate his other arm to try to gain balance.

In this first instance, it's really more of him holding his arm up as if he were carrying an old school boombox.

Over time, it naturally progressed into the home run trot you see today, which most famously resembles him walking the parrot. It's best seen in the GIF seen around the around the world coined by Mr. Archi Zuber and Scott Johnson of The Score.

Of course, Bob Mackowycz noted Edwin Encarnacion's chicken wing trot is kind of the antithesis to one of baseball's most infamous home run trots, Jeffrey Leonard's "one flap down". I guess that would invariably make Encarnacion's trot "one flap up".

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