Via the Mercury News -
The A’s defended their actions Sunday after Yankees infielder Eric Chavez ripped them in the New York Post for what he saw as excessive dugout celebrating during Saturday’s 14-inning game.
Chavez said the A’s went over the top with their celebration after each of three home runs they hit in the top of the 13th, in a game in which New York eventually prevailed 10-9.
Chavez, as quoted in Sunday’s Post, described it as “an orchestrated clapping, chanting” celebration that he labeled “high school-ish,” “distasteful” and “a little slap in the face.”
The collective response from the A’s clubhouse:
What’s the big deal?
“I think the most important thing is it happened in our dugout,” veteran outfielder Jonny Gomes said before Sunday’s 5-4 A’s victory. “It didn’t happen between the lines.”
The routine the A’s did is based on the Randy Moss-related “One Clap” song and video clip that was all the rage on YouTube. Gomes often played that song during spring training, and he said the A’s have done the routine all season in the clubhouse and on the team bus.
Somebody yells “One Clap!” and teammates respond with a clap.
Gomes said such antics benefit the A’s younger players who are in their first pennant race.
“We have (14) rookies on this team. You take the fun away and we’re screwed.”
A’s manager Bob Melvin said he had no problem with his players letting loose in the dugout.
“We play the game hard and we respect it out on the field,” Melvin said. “What happens in your dugout … I think if you look around the league, you could pick some things out of any dugout. We play the game the right way. If you try to keep things loose in the dugout, there’s nothing wrong with that.”
Added A’s catcher Derek Norris: “We’ve done the same thing all year. We’re a ballclub and we have great camaraderie. Whatever we do is our business.”
Chavez was playing first base in the 13th Saturday and had a good view into the A’s dugout.
“There’s always a right way and a wrong way to go about it whether you win or lose,” Chavez said in an interview before Sunday’s game. “The game’s not over until it’s over.”
Gomes said the controversy wouldn’t have lingering effects in the A’s clubhouse, but added of Chavez’s criticism:
“I think they have one of the most animated guys in the game on their side in Nick Swisher. He does some stuff that I wouldn’t do. But it doesn’t bother me.”
As I was reading this, all I could think of was “Nick Swisher” and then Gomes went and said it in the end. So true.
How about Soriano with the shirt untuck? How about Granderson leading the Yankees outfielders in their little leap and bump dance routine after a win? How about Joba on the mound after a strikeout?
I totally get Chavez’ point. And, he’s right. But, those who live in glass houses should not throw stones.