Why So Damn Serious?

The unwritten truth of baseball

Written by Josh Hoffert (@WhatTheHOFF)
Brian Wilson and Yasiel Puig

Brian Wilson and Yasiel Puig celebrate

Over the years, it has become more and more apparent that those who play baseball hold others to a behavioral standard not seen in other sports.  Sure, sports in general all have unwritten rules of behavior that all players are held to.  Even coaches get in on it; running up the score in football is frowned upon.  But why can’t baseball be fun?

Earlier this week, we saw Yasiel Puig hit what he thought was a home run.  After crushing the ball, he flipped his bat and took off slowly.  As he realized the ball was short, he took off like a horse that just got slapped in the ass.  He made it to third base where he celebrated with the rest of his team.

Somewhere along the line, one of the St Louis Cardinals stated that a Dodgers player made some “Mickey Mouse ears”.  Adrian Gonzalez took that a little further than most would have and imitated “Mickey Mouse ears” after a huge solo home run in game five.

Some of the Cardinals seem to have an issue with the way Puig and other Dodgers players act.  If you ask me, they are having fun doing what they love.

I realize the roots of baseball go deeper than most sports.  But why did baseball evolve to become more strict than my fourth grade teacher?  Hell, I have seen a basket ball player celebrate by fist pumping right into a ref’s crotch.  Afterwards, everyone was having a blast, yes, even the ref thought it was funny.  In baseball, as soon as someone busts out a two-step, players are up in arms like it’s a government shutdown (again).

All I am saying is, I wish baseball players would lighten up, kind of like the Dodgers.  Take a look below at Will Ferrell announce the Dodgers’ starting lineup, as well as Adrian throw up those infamous ears.

Where do you stand on baseball being a strict sport?  Share your thoughts in the comments below.

 

Sources:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/09/20/224437639/dodgers-wild-horse-yasiel-puig-credited-for-sparking-teams-comeback

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