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Ronald Acuna Jr. is bat flipping in ACL rehab, prayers up for the MLB

January 04, 2022

In early July, Ronald Acuna Jr., arguably the best young gun in the MLB, went down with a devastating knee injury. Reaching for a leaping catch in the outfield, Acuna Jr. landed innocuously but immediately crumpled, suffering a complete tear of his right ACL. At the time, it seemed like the end of the Atlanta Braves’ season, hovering around .500 and now without their star player for the foreseeable future. Instead, the Braves made some smart trade deadline acquisitions, got hot, and rolled all the way to their first World Series championship since 1995, rendering Acuna Jr., if not obsolete, then at least a little bit forgotten.

That won’t last much longer, however. On Tuesday, Acuna Jr. was seen stepping up his rehab with some full cuts in the cage, punctuating a would-be dinger with one of his signature (and long dormant) bat flips. It’s good to have you back, El Nino.

Consider baseball officially put on notice. It’s probably been a long time since you thought about the MLB, with the ongoing lockout snuffing out offseason news and effectively erasing baseball players from existence. This is our cue to snap out of it. There’s one game of college football to go. College basketball is COVID-19 hellscape. Golf returns to Hawaii, which is a nice distraction and exactly how the players see it too. Meanwhile, pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report in just over a month. It’s go time.

So grab the Cracker Jacks and put a couple of scoops in the ol’ ice cream helmet. Bat flips are back. Acuna Jr. is back. Baseball is back. God bless us, everyone.