Oh, Major League Baseball Players. Always trying to show each other up. On Wednesday night in a game between Marlins and Cubs, two teams who don’t really have a lot of beef towards one another, the benches emptied. The Marlins were leading 6-0 at the time Junior Lake hit his first home run of the season. Lake walked and admired the ball as it cleared the fence, but that’s not where the issue stands.
As he was rounding third base and started hearing chirps from the Marlins bench, Lake gazed in toward the bench, put his finger over his mouth, making the “shhh” sign towards the bench. Now this is a mid-week game in June between two teams with no beef, why is this necessary? This caused Marlins ace Jose Fernandez to hop out of the dugout, and the rest of the benches promptly followed suit, resulting in a shoving match. Now this isn’t on Fernandez, its on Lake. There is no need for that whatsoever.http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0Ve4njQRns
First of all, not only is your team losing the game 6-0, but it’s a basically meaningless homerun because your team ended up losing 7-3. As a player, there’s no better feeling than hitting a big homerun, but there are better ways to display your excitement. Try bringing that into the dugout to motivate your teammates and get back in the game. Earlier, Giancarlo Stanton hit another moonshot that travel probably 40 feet further than Lake’s, and you didn’t see Stanton show up the pitcher of the Cubs for that matter. He put his head down, ran the bases hard, and celebrated with his teammates. That’s the way it should be done, and Cubs skipper Joe Maddon agrees. “We don’t do that here. It will be the last time you see it,” Maddon said after the game.
This showboating is just disgraceful towards the pitcher, your opponent, yourself and your team. It’s selfish, and its trying to put all the glory on yourself and take everything away from your team.
Mickey Mantle said it best, “After I hit a home run I had a habit of running the bases with my head down. I figured the pitcher already felt bad enough without me showing him up rounding the bases.”
Take notes Junior Lake, and about half of Major League Baseball hitters.