Mets Act Like Little Boys
So let me get this straight. Baseball's much-bandied-about "Code" allows for the strategic placement of baseball bats around blow-up dolls, but not for players to cheer on the bench? Because the business of pulling on tight pants and bright socks and belly-accentuating tops and tossing around a baseball for the amusement of drunk office workers is such a serious, no-smiles, professional operation?
Two pieces of advice for Nelson "[The Nats] were cheerleading in the dugout like a bunch of softball girls" Figueroa:
1) If you're opposed to cheering, attempt not to give one of the worst-hiting teams in baseball a reason to cheer.
2) If you're opposed to fun, get a job selling insurance in Omaha and be done with it. I mean, dude, you play a game that's readily embraced by spastic five-year old kids. Boys even. Boys who often cheer. Like girls, apparently.
Even the Newsday beat writer got a bit grumpy, writing that "there's no question the Nats were out of line with their cheerleading from the dugout. I mean, chanting "Let's Go Austin!" is ridiculous," although he admitted Nelly might have overreacted. And to rub in salt in Nelson's boo-boos, Lastings Milledge gestured to the Nats dugout after a double and then explained the move thus: "You gotta have fun out here ... and I can do it here and nobody is going to give me crap. We have fun out there and that's the way it should be."
Well put, L-Millz. For the second time this month, we have a local team having fun and providing entertainment, and an opposing team--in the name of professionalism--acting like Dick Cheney ordering oatmeal at the opera.
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