Debates are flying over a home run celebration that’s gone viral on Twitter, and I’ll let you guys be the judge before I weigh in:
This makes me sad! We haven’t taught this generation how to behave on a baseball field. This is what we get. “Let the kids play” isn’t the message we should be sending obviously. #shegone @notgaetti @BobFile @twuench @RickWrona @GDBJr5 pic.twitter.com/qRye9RAcZF— Jeff frye/ #shegone (@O3jfrye) May 9, 2021
This celebration was clearly premeditated with some context that short video clips never include. Kinda reminds me of police brutality clips. They’re shown to draw emotion and funnel the audience into a conclusion that the author predetermined.
But I found what’s most important is how fired up the home team got from the celebration. How often do we see this generation genuinely thrilled to be at an event that takes four hours? Outside of live concerts, Tinder dates, and traveling abroad like we’re broke — my fellow millennials are bored doing just about everything.
So who honestly cares if this bat flip and celebration were a tad out of the norm? After all, we clown on millennials as “soft participation trophy kids.” How can we then get upset when they show some passion?
And I already know what some readers will say: ‘This isn’t passion! Act like you’ve been there before!”
Am I right? Of course I am and that’s why they pay me the big bucks.
Let’s all agree on growing the game
Growing baseball is going to mean changing the sport, if need be. Many boomers have forgotten that baseball is going to change, no matter the leadership or ‘how we raise our children.’
First and foremost, there have been physical changes to the sport. Velocity, among many other things, have changed drastically. The average fastball is 2.5 miles an hour faster than it was just five years ago. So it is far more dangerous for a pitcher to ‘put one in his earhole’ than it used to be. And if players are more at risk of injury because a pitcher’s feelings have been hurt, well then young men will go play another sport.
The only thing we can all agree on is that this video makes baseball more relevant. Who doesn’t want to play a sport where there’s potential to go viral on social media? We know young people will. Viral moments are just the internet’s way of saying ‘that’s interesting and worth discussing.’
Make baseball interesting for once. Even if it hurts your feelings.