Nationals' 32-year-old rookie hits walk-off for first career home run, bat flip ensues


This has been a long time coming for Yadiel Hernandez.

The 32-year-old Washington Nationals rookie hit his first career home run on Tuesday night – a walk-off home run in the bottom of the eighth in a seven-inning doubleheader to beat the Phillies 8-7.

Oh yeah, you best believe he bat flipped.

Hernandez has played in more than 900 international and minor league games before he was finally called up and made his MLB debut on Sept. 10.

He was sent down, though, last week before getting his first MLB hit, but was called up again and checked that off on Monday.

But his second hit will certainly be just as memorable as his first.

According to STATS, Hernandez is the oldest player in MLB history to hit a walk-off home run for his first career home.

While the Nationals’ season has not gone the way they had like, this was certainly a bright spot to look back on as the season comes to a close.

Plus, it may have been the blow that keeps the Phillies from reaching the postseason.

The walk-off completed a doubleheader sweep and now Philadelphia finds itself one game out of the final playoff spot with four games left to play in the 2020 season.

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