I thought this might be an interesting conversation piece for today…
I heard quite a bit on X-M Radio this morning about the choreographed home plate celebration by the Brewers following Prince Fielders walk-off homerun on Sunday.
The Yankees, this season, with all their walk-off wins, have been bordering on such a thing – with the home plate helmet toss and catch, Burnett’s cream pie facials, etc.
So, here’s the question: As a Yankees fan, if New York pulled a stunt like the Brewers did on Sunday, how would you feel about it? On the flip-side, as a Yankees fan, how would you feel if an opponent staged a celebration at home plate, like the Brewers did, after a walk-off victory?
Now, here’s a twist: If you would be O.K. with the latter – what if it were the Red Sox, or the Mets in an inter-league game, who did the routine at home plate? Would you still be O.K. with it, in any event?
Me? I think most who have been reading this blog for a while know that I’m “old school” and like players, when they’ve done something well, to act like they’ve done it before, etc. Related, I like my baseball without a hip-hop, punk’d, and the like, topping. However, I’ll confess, when I hear stories about the things Bill Veeck did, back in the day, I do chuckle over it. And, perhaps, back then, people thought Veeck was not showing enough respect for the game with all that stuff? So, maybe it’s all relative – and, allowing time to pass, these potential feather-ruffling items will just look silly and harmless in retrospect?
What do you think?