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Did Brewers' celebration go too far?

Sep 7, 2009, 11:30 AM EST

Sunday’s extra-inning affair between
the Brewers and Giants was everything you could ask for in a September
baseball game. A little bit of history, the Brewers turned a
triple-play for the first time since 1999. The game had plenty of
drama, too, ultimately being decided on a 12th inning walk-off blast by
Prince Fielder. The loss knocked the Giants two games behind the
Rockies in the Wild Card race. So why am I writing about this on Monday?




Upon rounding the bases after his
game-winning homer, Fielder untucked his uniform, seemingly setting
things up to toss his helmet as he approached home plate, a popular and
accepted form of celebration in recent years. However, the Brewers went
against the grain, using a choreographed celebration where when Fielder touched the plate, he extended his arms to the sky and his teammates fell to the ground around
him. With even veterans like Craig Counsell taking part, it was a
ridiculous piece of theatre that
won’t be forgotten by the Giants any time soon.



“Did you see that celebration?” bench coach Ron Wotus
asked. “You would like to think professionals would have a lot more
respect for the game and their opponents. That was choreographed.”




Yet, if you were to read the recaps
this morning, you’ll see the incident celebrated in pictures and
highlights. I’m no Yankees fan, but imagine if this was Alex Rodriguez?
The criticism would be overwhelming. Fielder is getting a pass today. No bones about it.




Surely the Brewers may have thought
twice about doing this if they were going to face the Giants again on
Monday, but don’t be surprised to see Fielder catch one in the back or
worse when he faces them next season.

  1. Franchise - Sep 8, 2009 at 12:41 AM

    No, throwing at Fielder would be baseball, not classless. Or, have you never seen the game? There are unwritten rules in sports. Before throwing them out and trying to makes things more entertaining, you might think about the fact that the game has been around for over a century. Ill-timed choreographed celebrations aren’t part of baseball history. Nor should they be. By the way, Ozzies back flips weren’t great play or game winning celebrations. They were openening, pre-game introductions to another season. Big difference if you ask me!

  2. Dan - Sep 14, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    I don’t see how what they did is any different than a team mobbing a guy in the middle of the infield after a walk-off seeing-eye-single. Are teams not allowed to celebrate a hard-fought win? Plus, they were in Milwaukee; It’s not like they were showing up the Giants in front of their own fans. Let the guys have some fun.
    And about throwing at Fielder: throwing inside/at batters IS part of the game, but only when it’s used correctly. The only time I find it acceptable to do so is if the other team is intentionally hitting your batters, if the batter is playing dirty to gain an advantage on you (looking back at the catcher’s signs, timing you in the on-deck circle, stealing your signs while he’s on second), or if a player made an obviously dirty play on one of your fielders and injured them. The bean ball is for protecting your players and keeping the batter from gaining an ‘unfair advantage’.
    All other reasons, including hitting someone for ‘showboating’ is immature and dangerous. Throwing at someone who hit a walkoff home run and then celebrated it is the epitome of poor-sportsmanship. Fielder didn’t call out the Giants pitcher and he shouldn’t be called out for celebrating at his home park with his teammates.

  3. HOTROD - Sep 14, 2009 at 3:44 PM

    MAYBE THEY SHOULD DROP TO A KNEE AND PRAY………………
    CELEBRATING, THESE GUYS HAVE CLEARLY LOST THEIR MIND………
    BASEBALL IS NOT SUPPOSED TO BE FUN…………

  4. HOTROD - Sep 14, 2009 at 3:48 PM

    IS THERE ANYTHING THE REST AMERICA CAN DO TO MAKE YOU LIFE
    COMFORTABLE IN CHUCKS WORLD ??
    DUDE, U R A LOSER………….
    GET A LIFE
    BY THE WAY IT IS 2009………..AND THE GAMES ARE BROADCAST IN
    COLOR NOW……….WAKE UP !!!

  5. HOTROD - Sep 14, 2009 at 3:52 PM

    AFTER THE PITCHER DRILLS HIM, FIELDER SHOULD VISIT THE MOUND FOR MORE FORMAL INTRODUCTION OF HIS FIST TO THE PITCHERS FACE.
    NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT, RIGHT ?

  6. HOTROD - Sep 14, 2009 at 3:59 PM

    RESPECT FOR THE GAME, THIS ISNT THE 1900’S SO GET OVER YOURSELVES
    AND IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT TURN OFF YOUR TV AND GO SKIP ROPE, THEY
    DON’T CELEBRATE, THE GIRLS ARE VERY FORMAL. YOU CAN TRY HOPSCOTCH
    AS WELL BUT BE ADVISED YOU WILL SWEAT. BUH BYE LADIES

  7. HOTROD - Sep 14, 2009 at 4:04 PM

    NO, THAT IS RESPECT, HIT SOMEONE, TEACH THIS TO THE LITTLE KIDS,
    BECAUSE ONLY WINNING MATTERS.
    Hey Joshua, this is what you do, if that big kid hits one out I
    want you to DRILL the SKINNY KID,we have to teach him a lesson.
    WHAT A BUNCH OF MORONS …………
    I LOVE THESE UNWRITTEN RULES ……

  8. Joey B - Sep 23, 2009 at 2:38 PM

    “I don’t see how what they did is any different than a team mobbing a guy in the middle of the infield after a walk-off seeing-eye-single. Are teams not allowed to celebrate a hard-fought win? Plus, they were in Milwaukee; It’s not like they were showing up the Giants in front of their own fans. Let the guys have some fun.”
    There is a marked difference between an impromptu celebration and a choreographed one.
    And it’s okay to have fun.
    But next year, if the Giants hit a walk-off HR against the Brewers, and the entire team stands in front of the Brewers’ bench, to do a little dance, then the Brewers have no choice but to accept it.

  9. Ben - Oct 1, 2009 at 6:14 PM

    Watch pro football. See some 300 pounder tackle the QB and watch him pound his chest like some hairy ape. Or you could watch some wide reciever catch a ball all alone in the end zone , then he goes into a dance around the goal posts and finally dunks the ball into the stands.
    Showboating is part and parcel of pro sports. Some even enjoy it.

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