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Aroldis Chapman does somersaults — literally — after notching the save

Jun 27, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

Rafael Soriano untucking his shirt? Pfft! Child’s play.  Aroldis Chapman did somersaults off the mound after locking down the save against the Brewers last night:

In case this video disappears, watch it here.

Dusty Baker was not happy with it afterwards, saying “we don’t play like that.” Teammate Ryan Hanigan said “you can’t be doing that at the end of the day.”  Corey Hart of the Brewers said he didn’t care. Others voiced surprise. Given that the Brewers did the whole bowling ball home run celebration a couple of years ago, I presume that Milwaukee should probably take Hart’s tack and limit their outrage.

Chapman’s translator told the press that Chapman wanted to apologize but that he couldn’t because he was not “able to talk.” OK.

Just another chapter in a year of weirdness for Aroldis Chapman.

  1. ufullpj - Jun 27, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    And Barry Zito drilled Prince the next year without a suspension for the bowling ball stupidity.

    Somebody is getting drilled today, after which I’m sure Dusty will accuse Greinke of drinking at the ballpark.

    • paperlions - Jun 27, 2012 at 9:10 AM

      Oh come on, that celebration (which was more of a shock wave or earth quake than a bowling ball….bowling balls hit things) was fantastic. If you were offended by it (as a fan or a player) you have no sense of fun at all. None. Players should be able to celebrate success without the opponent or fans taking offense. It is one thing to rub it in your opponents face (which neither Chapman nor the Brewers did), it is another to simply celebrate winning.

      If you think someone should get plunked in either case then why shouldn’t entire teams of players get plunked after a dog pile for winning the World Series or locker room celebrations (which often spill onto the field) after winning a playoff series?

      • ufullpj - Jun 27, 2012 at 11:27 AM

        I never said someone SHOULD be drilled. I said someone will.

        Read carefully before you climb up on your (paper) high horse.

      • uwsptke - Jun 27, 2012 at 11:48 AM

        I doubt that Brewers will retaliate, since they haven’t been the type of team to engage in a war of “unwritten rules” since the Ned Yost days when they got into a couple of bean-ball wars with the Pirates and Cardinals. Even when a team is clearly in the wrong (Mets this year pulling Wright because they knew they deserved it after their pitcher was ejected for a deliberate HBP, and the Cardinals last year when LaRussa flipped out that they dare throw inside to Pujols and ordered a hit and admitted that was exactly what he was doing), they did nothing to retaliate.

    • mattintoledo - Jun 27, 2012 at 11:53 AM

      Zito hasn’t been able to “drill” anybody for years now.

  2. cggarb - Jun 27, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Thank God there are Good Baseball Men who are around, making sure that nobody has any fun playing baseball.

    My guess is that Chapman made a bet/promise after blowing two saves: “The next time I close one out…”

    • Francisco (FC) - Jun 27, 2012 at 9:51 AM

      Thank God there are Good Baseball Men who are around, making sure that nobody has any fun playing baseball.

      We’re NOT here to have FUN!!!!!!

  3. reds37win - Jun 27, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Don’t stop him – he’s on a ROLL.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 27, 2012 at 9:23 AM

      I put my hands on the floor
      Tuck my head into my chest
      And lean forward

      ‘Cuz that’s just how i roll….

  4. annaalamode - Jun 27, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    He even gets the connection bonus!

  5. obpedmypants - Jun 27, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Half of a closer’s value is his theatrics. Dusty need to learn how the entertainment game is played.

    • daisycutter1 - Jun 27, 2012 at 11:34 AM

      Mariano Rivera disproves that contention.

  6. cur68 - Jun 27, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    er…wow. I was explaining to my nephew what accomplished athletes MLB players were. Hope he doesn’t watch this. Kid’s 19 and impressionable. The impression he’ll be left with is “MLB players do forward rolls like elementary school kids…Uncle Cur, this game you like so much is dumb.”

    Ok. I think the thing to do is to Blame Dusty Baker. Well, better get on with this…Dang you, Dusty Baker! Dang you to heck!

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 27, 2012 at 9:44 AM

      Hahaha! “Dang you to heck.” That never stops being funny.
      Okay…where are you Metalhead? We anxiously await your take?

      • metalhead65 - Jun 27, 2012 at 11:55 AM

        the guy had a spontaneous reaction of joy after a rough couple of weeks why are we talking about this as if he was showboating? I am pretty sure if he had taken time to plan a celebration he would have come up with something other than a couple of rolls off the mound.

  7. muskyhunter2542 - Jun 27, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Look… The Brewers Suck…. The rest of baseball is laughing at them. The have a $100 million payroll and are going to be lucky to win 75 games this year.
    Let the dude have his fun… Worry about yourselves. I have tickets to 5 more games this year. Anybody want cheap tickets?

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 27, 2012 at 9:47 AM

      Yes…I have always wanted to visit the Park.
      It’s only about a 5 hr. drive. Who is playing and where are the seats?

    • nightman13 - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:49 PM

      They have 4 starters out for the year, several other important players missing several games (Marcum, Estrada, Izturis, Gomez, etc) and they aren’t really that far out of it. Kind of an overreaction to say they are a laughingstock.

  8. number42is1 - Jun 27, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Ozzie smith did it already…

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 27, 2012 at 10:40 AM

      Ozzie did back flips. That makes Chapman’s funny little forward rolls look like Child’s play.

      • dexterismyhero - Jun 27, 2012 at 11:15 AM

        Agree. Chapman should be embarassed with what he did. Other teams should be laughing at him rolling like a 2 year old.

  9. ezthinking - Jun 27, 2012 at 11:04 AM


  10. tuftsb - Jun 27, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    When (if) Joba Chamberlain returns, will he ask that a trampoline be brought out to the mound if he ever closes out a game?

  11. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Hmm could this be Chapman paying back the Brewers for last year?

    [courtesy of TCM]

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