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Did This Home Run Celebration Go Too Far?

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 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.

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for OutKick.com, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr

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  1. The only part I take issue with is THROWING the bat like that. It looked like he almost threw it at the ump. I don’t care if you pimp jacks, and talk trash, but throwing bats can get someone hurt. That’s bush.

  2. If he’s celebrating with teammates and not at the opponents, and it was a game winner, no problem. Not sure if it was a game winner. That type of celebration has hit MLB. It is what it is.

  3. Seemed fine to me, especially after hitting a jack. It was quick and team friendly. My biggest gripe with celebrations is when they’re done by a player that’s on a losing side. Focus on the game not on yourself

  4. I believe it was the venerable O.A. Phillips that said, “Act like you’ve done it before, son.” Once upon a time, there was a mutual respect for each other on the field. A recognition that each competitor had worked and sacrificed to get to where he was. This mutual respect kept the game civilized, and tempers cool. That has faded into distant memory in favor of immediate gratification and It’s All About MEEEE!!!! Gotta rub the other guy’s nose in it! Gotta let the people se MEEEE!

    Were I the ump, I’d have kicked his dumb ass out for acting like a selfish jerk. Grow up, find some manners, and quit being an asshole.

  5. Hey, we don’t know the entire circumstances of the day. We don’t know if the opponents haven’t been raging him or if there was a similar celebration earlier by the opponent.

    I don’t think he should have thrown the bat in the direction of the home plate umpire though and am surprised he wasn’t thrown out of the game just for that.

    • That’s true, but I have a feeling this was just over the top theater. Furthermore, I always assumed this was against the rules and an empire would toss you for throwing a bat intentionally. I don’t know what suddenly changed. Umpires have the right to toss you or give a warning to the dugout for throwing bats, and they are just choosing not to right now for some reason. I don’t like the bat throwing stuff, it’s completely unnecessary, dangerous, and the first time one of these hitters hits a catcher or an umpire doing that stupid crap it will all be over for good…and the cute homer trot will be met with a fist. I’m just waiting for it to happen.

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