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MLB tells the Dodgers to turn off their bubble machine

Aug 7, 2014, 8:29 AM EDT

Dodgers bubble dance

The Dodgers have been doing something silly this year. Fun silly. The kind of silly that, if you’re not invested in the opposing team’s fortunes, probably makes you smile. They’ve had a little battery-powered bubble machine in the dugout and someone turns it on and they do little dances when they hit home runs.

Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports, however, that Major League Baseball has told the Dodgers to cut it out:

Before Tuesday’s game against the Angels at Dodger Stadium, Joe Torre, Major League Baseball executive vice president, advised the Dodgers to stop using the machine . . . The bubble machine was back Wednesday, at Angel Stadium . . . Did the Dodgers negotiate a compromise with MLB, or did they unilaterally decide to bring back the bubble machine?

No one is giving any comment about it, Shaikin says, so it’s unclear whether Joe Torre relented or whether the Dodgers are being bubble-blowing badboys.

I hope MLB relented here, because as far as home run celebrations go, this is pretty darn tame. It’s off-the-field for one thing. It’s not taunting anyone. In an age where fireworks go off, complicated handshakes and gestures are flashed and music is blared through the ballpark at ear-splitting levels every time a home team player hits a homer, I’m not sure what would possess anyone to target a child’s bubble machine.

This game is fun, people. Let’s have some fun out there.

  1. bh192012 - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Question…. are they allowed to have boom-boxes in the dugout? Seems like if so, it’s the kind of thing that would have been a mainstay before now.

    • grumpyoleman - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      I doubt a manager would allow it/

  2. miriam45 - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Nobody a bigger Dodger fan than me. for 70 years – from Brooklyn
    Dodgers were losing by 2 runs in the 8th. Van Slyke hits a bases empty home run and they are dancing with the bubbles.
    Ridiculous – they were losing by a run. I hate seeing that machine

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:51 PM


      kids today… it’s all about them…

    • indaburg - Aug 7, 2014 at 6:38 PM

      Your team was down by two, Van Slyke hits a solo homer? They cut the deficit in half. I’d have my own bubble machine going at home if they were my team. Pennant race, best pitcher in baseball, tons of cash, and exciting young talent? Be happy.

  3. hookersdontsnuggle - Aug 7, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    the dodgers are the biggest ‘look at me’ team in the majors

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