By weighing in on the Great Bat Flip Controversy, Mike Trout and Bryce Harper fundamentally changed one of the most heated arguments in sports.
Trout said he would not flip his bat after hitting home runs, placing himself on the opposite end of the ideological spectrum from Harper, the reigning National League MVP from the Washington Nationals.
The racial undertones of the debate have subsided because both sides are now represented by popular and dynamic players who are young and white. Now the dispute is at its core, which is whether tossing a bat to celebrate a home run is disrespectful to the opposing pitcher.
Trout thinks it is; Harper thinks not.