Virginia Tech Athletics
Chains, planks, backpacks and thrones. We have seen quite a few props in college football over the past few years, but the trend has made its way to the baseball diamond and we are the better for it.
Virginia Tech’s ‘Home Run Hammer’ is the most electric thing ever 🔨pic.twitter.com/NpRFxfRRTE
— Grayson Weir (@GsonJW) March 7, 2021
I am a big proponent that college baseball is better than the major leagues for the same reason that college football is better than the NFL— passion. The quality of product may vary between the amateur and professional level, but the individuality is unmatched.
Mind you, I might be bias because of the religious experience that is Ole Miss’ right field, but watch this video and tell me you disagree. That’s a lot of cheap, domestic beer being thrown into the air to celebrate a dinger. It happens every time a ball goes over the wall.
Anyway, the personality of the collegiate game is what makes it incredible and the props are taking it to a new level of fun. Alabama was first to get involved with a home run chain, much like Miami’s turnover chain that started it all.
Alabama Baseball has a 'home run chain' and it is absolutely amazing ⛓ pic.twitter.com/oLblIA8BWc
— BroBible (@BroBible) March 4, 2021
During Virginia Tech’s third game of the year, the Hokies introduced their ‘Home Run Hammer’ during a 22-2 route of Radford. The concept is simple: hit a home run, round the bases and meet the ENTIRE team after crossing the plate. A couple of guys usually leave the dugout to celebrate a tater, but not everybody. The Hokies clear it out and step it up a notch— tossing a sledgehammer to the player who went yard for him to slam into the ground.
— Virginia Tech Baseball (@HokiesBaseball) February 22, 2021
Here’s a good look at the toss.
🔨💥 𝐇𝐚𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐫 𝐓𝐢𝐦𝐞 🔨💥@cadehunter17 goes yard for his second HR of the season 🔥🔥
🦃 pull in front 💪
— Virginia Tech Baseball (@HokiesBaseball) February 27, 2021
They even bring it on the road.
FRITZ GENTHER 🔨💥
Best of New York 👀
— Virginia Tech Baseball (@HokiesBaseball) February 28, 2021
How about a Home Run Hammer after bat-flipping to the moon?
That bat flip though 👀
Hunter gives us the lead with his third homer of the year
B5 – (🦃 8, 🐏 6) pic.twitter.com/wrwKUccJnl
— Virginia Tech Baseball (@HokiesBaseball) March 5, 2021
To make things even better, Virginia Tech is legit. The Hokies are 7-2 with a road series win over No. 6 Miami and a home series win over No. 25 North Carolina. I hope this team makes it to the College World Series so we can see the Home Run Hammer in Omaha.