When Do Celebrations Go Too Far?

From bat-flipping to staring at fly balls as they soar out of the ballpark, celebrating is a part of the game of baseball. Sometimes, it gets out of hand and even becomes responsible for benches-clearing brawls. With that being said, it is fine to celebrate and bat flip as far as I’m concerned.

One thing I found interesting is that former Pirates great and current broadcaster Steve Blass did not approve of Yasiel Puig‘s bat flip on a double that came last Friday when the Pirates and Dodgers met during a four game series at Chavez Ravine. I saw nothing wrong with Puig’s bat flip and I think it’s quite the double standard for Blass to say he disapproves. He’s affiliated with a team who used to flash pistols with their hands towards the dugout like the wild west every time they’d get on base. Furthermore, they also form a Z after every hit because of the movie “Dude, Where’s My Car?”.

There is a point where it gets to be too much. I don’t mind bat flips whenever pitchers are allowed to fist bump and yell and get fired up on the mound after a strikeout. It’s a part of the game and it happens. People need to learn to accept it. It sucks when things aren’t going your teams way but that’s on your team, not the one crushing balls and spraying the field with hits. Get over it.

Now there are a few exceptions to this, though. For example, Carlos Gomez of the Milwaukee Brewers is known to excessively celebrate. It caused two benches-clearing brawls in the past two seasons. One coming this year after hitting a home run off of Gerrit Cole of the Pirates. Cole went too far himself by going to third base and saying something about it to Gomez because it ended up not being a home run but rather a triple. That’s not the big issue though. But last year when Gomez practically walked to first base and then began to trot around the bases and started squawking off to Braves players and even the pitcher. That’s when Brian McCann decided he would not allow Gomez to touch home plate and the benches cleared.

As far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing wrong with a little bit of celebration. But the players know when it’s a bit excessive and that’s where they need to control themselves. But as far as Puig’s constant bat flipping, let’s all lighten up a little bit. The kid defected from Cuba after failure to do so in past attempts. Let him enjoy the game he loves because he plays it at a level that’s as competitive as anyone in the game today.

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