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Apparently It's Not a Celebration

For years, critics of the National Football League have dubbed the NFL the "No Fun League." The same may be occurring within Major League Baseball as a pair of celebrations has drawn criticism and, in one case, suspension as MLB may now stand for "Most-Likely Boring."

On Friday night, Tigers reliever Fernando Rodney closed out a Detroit victory and to celebrate, he chucked the ball into the stands. Now this wasn't a Julio Castillo situation as Rodney, perhaps having enjoyed too much U.S. Open tennis, tossed a ball up near the media room in Tampa Bay. You can see video of it here. Clearly, if Rodney, who has been known to hit 100 mph on the radar gun, wanted to do damage with his pitching arm, he could.

In my estimation, the move seems silly and due to the power of gravity on this planet, yes, potentially dangerous but no more so than any other foul ball or ball tossed into the stands by an outfielder. Regardless, the powers that be have levied a three-game suspension down on Rodney.

What has caused more of an uproar yet may be outside the purview of MLB was the Milwaukee Brewers' celebration following a Prince Fielder walk-off home run (video below - ignore the Cloverfield-esque camerawork). Fielder, who is a large man, came home, jumped on home plate and his teammates - huddled in the usual celebratory mob - all fell down as if suffering a Prince-ly aftershock.

Funny? You bet. In poor taste? Hard to say.

It was a walk-off homer and it was at home. That being said, the Brewers aren't even close to sniffing the postseason so perhaps they shouldn't be choreographing such things but you know, it is a game.

Baseball prefers stoicism as a mode of self-expression but what's wrong with throwing in a little bit of entertainment on top of the sport? I'm clearly lenient on the work of Rodney and the Brew Crew, but what do you guys think? Was either act done in poor taste or deserving of some form of league reprimand?

By CJ Holley  |  September 9, 2009; 12:14 PM ET
Categories:  Brewers , Tigers  | Tags: Fernando Rodney, Prince Fielder, detroit tigers, milwaukee brewers  
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The celebration was brilliantly done; but it would have been more appropriate if they were in the playoff hunt. That being said, these are really kids playing a game and sometimes, horror of horrors to the cranky MLB executives, they act like it.

Posted by: mjwies11 | September 9, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Milwaukee's celebration was show-boating plain and simple. I'm pretty sure if they had been playing a team that they'd meet again this year it would never have happened. If it did, the next time they met someone from the Brewers would have been drilled. And rightly so.

Showing up the other team (or umpires, managers, etc.) is one of those rules baseball fans just take for granted. The quotes from the non-Giants players were actually more telling than anything.

Certainly the Brewers can find something to do that's fun without falling to the ground in some weird bowling pin-esque dance performance. Also the Brewers lost two of three at home to the Giants, celebrating an avoid-the-sweep-at-home-walk-off just can't be that exciting.

Posted by: noahthek | September 9, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

no, no, no. This celebration was awesome. It's absolutely no different from the walk-off scrums and pile-ons the teams do. Only this was way more creative and funny as hell.

Posted by: NatsNut | September 10, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

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