Tennessee baseball head coach Tony Vitello captures Flak online with his reaction to an Auburn Tigers bat being thrown in his team’s direction.
The Tennessee baseball team is known for hitting a lot of home runs and having a lot of fun. The Vols celebrate regularly and make it clear that they are proud of their achievement. Of course, if your team celebrates and is known for big gestures and bat flips, you should expect the same in return when an opponent succeeds.
Tennessee head coach Tony Vitello had an interesting response after the Auburn Tigers celebrated a go-ahead home run in the ninth inning.
As with many home runs, a bat was flipped at the end. Said bat bounced right up to the Vols dugout and Vitello immediately jumped out to catch it, then threw it right back at the celebrating Auburn players.
Check out the video for yourself.
Tennessee Baseball: Vols head coach Tony Vitello tosses a bat toward Auburn after the Tigers’ bat-flip celebration
Vitello was asked about the incident in a post-match press conference and he apparently tried to play it off.
Of course, most Vols fans don’t seem too upset about the whole incident, but it’s not exactly good timing for the Tennessee coach as it hasn’t been long since he came back from a suspension, having played with collided with a referee was an argument.
While there are people in Knoxville who don’t mind any of this, other college baseball fan bases don’t seem to like some of it as much. As this video circulated on Twitter, people had a lot to say and most didn’t hold back at all.
This whole deal really doesn’t look good for the Vols, regardless of Vitello’s intent at the moment.
It’s hard to tell from the video what he was up to, but people online will assume he’s outraged at a home run celebration, which would be incredibly hypocritical given incidents like this. thisor this.
Auburn won the game thanks in large part to that home run.
The series is now 1:1. It will be fascinating to see how Game 3 develops between these two.
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