Flashback Friday: Travis Snider Snaps His Bat Like a Twig

Has it really been almost two years since Travis Snider was traded away late in the night during the middle of a game in Seattle? It seems like it was just yesterday when young Travis was touted as the next big thing, only to be cast away to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Earlier this week, Junior Lake of the Chicago Cubs broke a bat over his knee in disgust over striking out, and it reminded me of an incident involving a former Blue Jay destroying some lumber in a very similar manner.

For this week’s Flashback Friday, we take a look back at Travis Snider snapping a bat like a twig. The game itself was from April 19th, 2011. It was a game against the New York Yankees, and Snider found himself on the wrong end of a David Robertson curveball.


Everyone knows that Travis is quite fond of meat which makes him a very strong specimen, so it was no surprise that it looks like he snapped his baseball bat with ease.

In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if Travis Snider used the bat as a toothpick after. Watch the GIF and video of the incident in question after the jump.

That was a low moment in the game for Travis Snider, but it also came with a high moment, as he was the goat and hero all in the same night.

Although he struck out with the bases loaded in a key situation during the game, Snider redeemed himself later on with this game-winning walk-off double.

Image courtesy of Toronto Sun

Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.