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Morning Look: The Miggy Move

You remember The Miggy, right? A celebration to unite young and old, rich and poor, freedom-loving and freedom-hating? Well, it's sort of from the early days of sports blogging, so let's refresh, from the Balto Sun via The Orioles Warehouse:

Shortstop Miguel Tejada and second baseman Brian Roberts meet. They do this hand-slap thing - palms up, palms down, palms sideways - that morphs into a hug and sometimes a hip-hop pose thing, Roberts with his glove on his head, Tejada with his between his legs.

Then Tejada and third baseman Melvin Mora do a lengthier, more intricate version, this one with a little kick to it, a little spice, a little salsa....

That hand-slap, hug, gangsta-pose routine - you have a name for that? we asked.

"No, we don't have a name," says Tejada. "We just call it a move. The move. Sometimes maybe somebody hits a home run, and we say: 'Let's do the move.' "

By the next Spring, Orioles Think Tank was declaring that "the Orioles have no better marketing tool than the ridiculously complicated handshakes that Roberts, Mora, and Tejada are all too willing to break into." A great marketing tool, right? Lots of fun? Yee-haw, for even if the losses pile up, at least the boys are making us smile.

Well, the Orioles have since moved on to yet stranger celebrations, while some Nationals have embraced the embrace. The really awkward embrace. More sinisterly, though, was the Milledge-Dukes post-homer celebration last week, as described in the Wash Times's Chatter:

Dukes crossed the plate first, waited for Milledge, and then the two high-fived. But then they added another little celebratory move, a sort-of choreographed thing that might not have appeared like much but isn't the kind of thing that's typically tolerated on a major-league ballfield. I can't help but think that a similar celebration following a touchdown in the NFL would be flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Looks like a fairly tame routine to me, although I'm sure the cafeteria monitors at the NFL would indeed be suitably horrified. Regardless, I was more impressed with the Milledge fake-hand-off-from-third-base-coach maneuver, a bit of creative joy which prompted a "Dear Lastings" letter from at least one local blogger. Yeesh. What happened to those simpler days three years ago, when ball players could "do this hand-slap thing - palms up, palms down, palms sideways" without causing excessive worry lines?

Anyhow, nice to see what appears to be Roberts and Tejada doing The Miggy last night, in this photo from Reuters's Joe Giza. Maybe three years from now, Milledge and Dukes can relive their happy 2008 in some bucolic pre-game scene.

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 18, 2008; 8:34 AM ET
Categories:  Morning Look , Orioles  
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