`ONE FLAP DOWN' EXPLAINED.
``I actually did that a year and a half prior to the playoffs. I hit a home run against Scott Sanderson. My first-base coach was out (of the box), so I leaned over to hit his hand and I just kind of left it down all the way around (the bases). I didn't pay it no mind. The next day, Ryne Sandberg and Thad Bosley asked me, `Did you hurt your hand?' Nobody thought anything about it. I did it all the next year. Then, in the playoffs, when I hit (the first home run), my parents were sitting way up, way up - I was mad - and I came around third base and started pointing at 'em and dropped down (with his left arm). That's when there was a big thing about it. That's when I said, OK, in the rest of the games I'll drop it down. The following year, I added a little more creativity to it. I had the `sling' (his arm horizontal), the `half-cocked' (fist up at his shoulder). I was having fun by then. That's how it got started. I didn't hit that many home runs. I was going to have fun with 'em. I always knew I was going to be thrown at. I was old-school, so I didn't care, as long as they hit me from the neck down.''
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|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||May 25, 1997|
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