Tit For Tat


Earlier today, we linked to a rather raucous post save celebration brought to our attention by our friends at Big League Stew. Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman’s heatrics last night against the Milwaukee Brewers went unappreciated by basically everybody. Even his catcher doesn’t look very thrilled with the relief pitcher’s antics following Cincinnati’s 4-3 victory. And let’s not even mention how the opposition felt about it.

Reds manager Dusty Baker was also left unimpressed.

I talked to Bronson (Arroyo) on the way in and he said, ‘You didn’t see that?’ I turned to the guys and said, ‘Way to go.’ The next thing I looked on the board and saw him rolling around. That’s something Bryan [Price, Cincinnati's pitching coach] has addressed. I know he was happy, especially after the bad week he had last week, but that’s something — we don’t play like that.

While most of the media’s interpretation of the somersaulting has been rooted in the fact that Chapman did have a miserable time last week, blowing two save opportunities in a row, there was some precedent for his actions.

As brought to our attention by loyal Getting Blanked commenter Grady, last season, Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez made a diving catch against Cincinnati, and then embellished his momentum into back to back somersaults, much like Chapman did last night.


So, perhaps Chapman’s display last night was a little bit of tit for tat. However, given Brewers manager Ron Roenicke’s reputation for retribution, Chapman has given his teammates, more specifically those in the Reds lineup, something to worry about today beyond the typical game day preparation.

They may be a little less than grateful.

Comments (18)

  1. I smile when they do stuff like this, so I guess I enjoy a little playfulness in a kids game.

  2. Why is “respecting the game” etc. etc. so antithetical to having fun?

  3. Fuck Joey Votto. People from Scarborough are joyless, humourless philistines.

  4. I loved when Pasquel Perez pitched for the Expos. His antics on the mound was fun to watch.

    If he pitched today he would have a bounty on his head.

    MLB players take themselves far too seriously.

  5. God forbid that anyone should show any joyful emotion after winning a game as that might upset people.

  6. Let’s just be glad he didn’t celebrate by tying up another woman in his hotel room.

  7. While this is fun, is it where baseball is headed? Some sort of touchdown-celebration inspired antics after big moments in games? I don’t need to see this closers hone their post-game dances, nor sluggers their post-home run routines.

    I agree that baseball benefits by fun things like this, I really hope that they remain rarities rather than regularities.

  8. A roll diss.

    Sorry, guys.

  9. I’m not loyal.

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