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Is Dom Brown too much of a hot dog?

Jun 6, 2013, 10:38 AM EDT

Domonic Brown

Of course you might think a Braves fan is going to say that. Like I noted earlier, baseball fans are capable of some pretty amazing homerism and provincialism. But it’s not a Braves fan saying it this time. I don’t have any negative opinions of Dom Brown outside of his low walk total. As Bob Brookover of the Philly Inquirer reports, however, some are taking issue with the Phillies’ breakout star. Sure, the fans love him, but …

The response among baseball’s scouts and executives in attendance was a little different. Many of them did not like the way Brown flipped his bat, then took a turn so wide it looked as if he had entered a Jersey jughandle before making a left at first base. Equally disturbing to some is the leftfielder’s routine after he crosses home plate. He has a ritual handshake with teammate Ryan Howard when the Phillies’ cleanup hitter scores in front of him, and he also has a martial arts-type salute in which he puts his hands together.

Brookover goes on to quote a scout voicing his disapproval and some Marlins players saying that they won’t forget the display.

Bah. This is so much baloney. I mean, yes, it may very well get him a fastball in the ribs at some point, but this is a guy having the time of his life after years of frustrated promise. And he’s singlehandedly carrying this team back into contention. Plus, he doesn’t have any other karma about him from any past bad acts. Contrast this, say, with Yunel Escobar who (a) is already someone who has demonstrated knucklehead behavior in the past; and (b) does his showboating when his team is way behind in a game.

I suppose people’s mileage may vary, but I sorta feel like some slack ought to be cut here.

  1. edinwestchester - Jun 6, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    What I find laughable about this is that the Phils used to get all bent out of shape over Jose Reyes “styling” when he was on the Mets. Now however, it i acceptable to do a long drawnout handshake, or flip the bat.
    I frankly could not care less if he does this, the hypocrisy is what I find irksome.

    • snowbirdgothic - Jun 6, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      Yeah, that “fall over and clutch his hammy” dance move was always particularly annoying.

  2. jimmywho14 - Jun 6, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    I think someone said something to him because he hit one yesterday and did nothing except the routine with Howard

  3. chaseutley - Jun 6, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    Bow to your sensei. BOW TO YOUR SENSEI !!!

  4. grnthghs - Jun 6, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Typical westerners not knowing the Hindu hand gesture for namaste or peace (newagers have taken it up in the west many not knowing what it means either). The martial art one is a flat left hand over a right fist or left covering the right not flat. Hence, usually one needs traveling to India seeing it performed or meeting a Hindu used as a greeting saying “Namaste.”

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