Here we go again with the unwritten rules nonsense.
While I do side with the Braves when it comes to the situation in which Jose Bautista used his patented batflip…I’m much more worried about what might happen in Atlanta tonight.
This should be over.
Bautista even admitted that it was “definitely not something that was fitting for the moment.”
And it wasn’t.
I’ve been pretty clear and unwavering on the issue of home run celebrations and the need for the millionaire men playing a child’s game to grow up and let themselves have fun…but there is still a line that you shouldn’t cross.
Not an unwritten rule, but a line based on tact and dictated by the scoreboard.
Now, if the game was 8-3 in the 9th with the bases loaded and Bautista hit a grand slam. Then flip away, slow trot and get your bench fired up to get that last run and tie this thing up….but it wasn’t. There was nobody on base and all Bautista did was make a blow out just a little bit closer.
So, really…there’s no need for celebration. You’re losing.
I’ll equate it to football for all the anti-baseball folks that are for some reason still reading this baseball blog. Say a team is down 45-7 late in the 4th quarter and scores to make it 45-13. The running back that punched it in stands up and gives a fully choreographed dance. Is that okay?
No. It isn’t.
That’s not putting limitations on fun. That’s being mindful of the situation. To me, the same goes for the team that’s up 8-3 or 45-7. This is where rubbing it in comes into play.
Celebrating itself, to me, is not a form of rubbing it in or showing anybody up. It’s simply an expression of joy when you do a great thing. Scoring touchdowns is a great thing, scoring goals is a great thing and hitting a baseball 400-500 feet is an amazing thing. So enjoy it…because not many of us get to experience it.
Just do so with tact. Be mindful of the situation.
That all being said…the ball is now in Atlanta’s court. The problem, however, is that there’s another stain on yesterday’s ballgame lingering.
Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar is also under fire not only from the Braves, but Major League Baseball as well, for his comments made towards Braves pitcher Jason Motte in the 7th inning. Pillar has apologized for his comments, but the rumor that the comments were homophobic in nature has made this a bigger issue…and rightly so.
As we head into the final game of this series tonight in Atlanta, it’s quite obvious that the Blue Jays are the bad guys in this situation. I’m just hoping it stays that way.
I’m hoping that the Braves can rise above the idiocy of the unwritten rules and let their play do the talking. Do not give in to the buffoonish old ways of baseball. Don’t throw at Pillar or Bautista…get them out.
The Braves may not be the greatest team in the league…but neither are these Blue Jays. Atlanta can make a statement tonight in two ways by not retaliating for any of last nights drama.
- Show the league that the unwritten rules are passe and should not be a part of baseball anymore.
- Show the Blue Jays and the rest of the league that they are ready to not only stand up to the bullies in the league, but they are ready to battle them with their play.
I really think the second thing could be a major factor for the rebuild in Atlanta. Let the young guys come together with the vets and form a team more focused on the win column than rules that never actually existed.
I believe in you Atlanta Braves. Don’t do it!
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