Re: Price and Archer vs Ortiz
posted at 7/28/2014 4:15 PM EDT
Baseball needs more David Ortiz bat-flips, not fewer
By Peter Abraham
David Ortiz hit a long home run on Sunday against Tampa Bay and flung his bat off to the side and slowly trotted around the bases.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Before Bud Selig retires as baseball’s commissioner, he should write a memo and have it posted in every clubhouse announcing that it’s perfectly fine to have some fun on the field.
David Ortiz hit a long home run on Sunday against Tampa Bay and flung his bat off to the side and slowly trotted around the bases. Ortiz had a home run snatched away by a fan on Saturday, so he enjoyed it seeing the ball fly into the seats
On the Ortiz scale, the celebration was a solid six out of 10. But the Rays reacted like Big Papi spat in their dugout on the way to first base.
“I hope he realizes there’s more that goes into it than just him,” said Chris Archer, the pitcher who allowed the home run. “I don’t know, I feel like you can’t say that your true character is defined by one action but multiple actions speak to who you are.”
This would be the same Chris Archer who once struck out Daniel Nava, glared at him, and kissed his right biceps. Talk about contrived anger.
The larger point is that baseball needs to loosen up. Football, basketball, hockey, and soccer players celebrate their success all the time without fear of physical retribution or character assassination. Why do baseball players have to be so restrained?
The unwritten rules are senseless. Walk-off home runs can be celebrated like it’s New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas, but a home run in the eighth inning can’t be. Pitchers can pump their fist and jump of the mound after the third out, but not the second. It’s all so sill
Baseball is losing younger fans and putting people to sleep with long games and hitters who need 20 seconds between pitches so they can adjust their batting gloves for the 43d time. Ortiz is a fun player to watch, so let him have fun. Let pitchers point at hitters the way Dennis Eckersley used to. Let an outfielder like Jackie Bradley Jr. high-five a teammate if he makes a great catch.
Here’s a crazy idea: If Ortiz flipping his bat bothers you that much, strike him out next time then tip your cap to him. Otherwise, keep quiet.