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

Friday, May 30, 2014  |  by 

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".


  1. It is a stupid "look at me" classless act. Real stars put their head down a take their trot.

    1. Oh come on relax buddy, it's harmless and his teammates enjoy it

    2. Couldn't agree more. Great player? Yes. So act like one and play like you do it all the time and that it's no big deal. If you're in the minors, fine, but this is the big leagues, so act like you belong. Name one other 'homerun' trot we see today?!? ... Exactly.

    3. Boo hoo. Do you remember what it was like to have fun that one time?

    4. Don't throw BP when EE's at the plate - problem solved.
      Nothing classless about it.

    5. You bunch of whiners. It's great that he does it and I hope he never stops. You whiners should go watch 5 year olds play T ball. That's about your speed. Keep it going Eddie.

  2. "get off ma lawn"

  3. there was a guy yrs ago who would do it to tell the pitcher " that pitch wasnt sh!t

  4. If you don't enjoy Ed's little "trot" then you are just a jealous hater.

  5. I will never get ball players and hard core ball fans. Get over yourselves & lighten up


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