In American baseball, there’s such a thing as The Way the Game is Played, which doesn’t include celebrating your own home run exuberantly, thereby showing up a pitcher, disrespecting him, and making him a little sharper or angrier for your next at-bat.
Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers broke out of an 0-for-10 series slump with a drive to deep right last night, which he celebrated exuberantly as a home run as he made his way slowly to first. When it didn’t clear the wall he turned on the jets and made it to third standing up in about two seconds, there to celebrate his RBI triple.
There’s a lot of harrumphing going on about Puig’s antics in the baseball world today, which LA Times writer Bill Shaikin puts in very good perspective here. I think you have to be a Cardinals fan or a real grump to be down on this kid from Cienfuegos today.
Look at the video below, taken from the stands, and ask yourself who wouldn’t want to be a Dodger fan today?