Flowers had that bat retrieved and gave Depesa an autographed bat in return.
"That one in particular, I switched to a new model recently and I don't have a surplus of them," Flowers said. "I'm trying to keep as many as I can."
Although he heard news of the catch, Flowers never saw it. He seems to have a propensity for the accidental bat toss, but has an idea when they are coming.
"It typically coincides with a warm humid day," Flowers said. "Usually, it's the second or third at-bat for me, your gloves get a little moist, you are sweating a fair bit.
"On top of that, the pine tar becomes more slimy as opposed to sticky. I had a feeling when I was on deck [Monday]. I was starting to go get another pair of gloves and possibly a different bat. And then [Alejandro] De Aza finished his at-bat. I had to go up there."
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