So last night while sitting down to enjoy my family's 4th of July BBQ my Dad and I had the tube on. ESPN was doing a countdown of top "hot dogs" One of the nominees on there was none other than our old friend Aroldis Chapman for his recent tumble off the mound after closing out a victory for the Reds. Reportedly Joey Votto scolded him after the game for being deeply disrespectful to the game. I tried to explain this to my girlfriend since I am also of the same opionion for football. I feel a mild celebration is ok after a touchdown but most of the over the top stuff is not needed. I feel you are to act like you've been there, anyway I digress. She made a good point afterwards though, often times a batter will demonstratively celebrate a game winning victory and we all totally agree with it. Much like Sutton the other night. This of course often results in a total team celebration at the plate which is acceptable but at what point does celebrating go from this to self centered and disrespectful. I searched my heart to think about it and although I still strongly feel Chapman's move was poor sportsmanship I do kinda see a double standard in myself which brings this long winded article to my question. Is this type of behavior acceptable because baseball does in fact need characters to humanize it at times and keep it interesting for those who want a little pizazz to spice up the game? Or should celebrations be kept at a minimum and players remain mostly reverent, only celebrating occasionally with an entire team? What do you think?
update: I forgot to mention in this post the infamous Bryce Harper blowing the pitcher a kiss in the minors, was it hilarious? Yes but how do you feel about it? More food for thought.