No less an authority than Wikipedia, a free and electronic encyclopedia of some renown, informs us that an existential crisis might result from any of the following conditions:
• The sense of being alone and isolated in the world;
• A new-found grasp or appreciation of one’s mortality;
• Believing that one’s life has no purpose or external meaning;
• Searching for the meaning of life;
• Awareness of one’s freedom and the consequences of accepting or rejecting that freedom; and
• An extremely pleasurable or hurtful experience that leaves one seeking meaning.
What is not present — neither in the aforementioned Wikipedia entry, nor in any of the relevant literature — is “the frequent manufacture of animated GIFs depicting baseball players performing what is known colloquially as a ‘bat flip.'”
Ought one to regard the omission as an oversight on the part of scholars within the discipline, or rather as assurance that the GIF-ing and posting to an absurd weblog of notable bat flips is unlikely to lead directly to personal ruin? The answer eludes us for the moment.
In the meantime, however, NotGraphs presents the GIF above, featuring a combination of Leonys Martin and also Leonys Martin’s joie de vivre, from the young outfielder’s game-winning home run on Tuesday night against the Angels.
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