And nobody has a problem with Kirby reacting with great joy after a walk off, or Joe Carter. Nobody. It was joyous, unrehearsed, directed at nobody.
Yasiel Puig's "reaction" was exactly the opposite. Zero joy. Calculated. Preplanned. Directed at the pitcher, specifically to taunt.
If you like that sort of thing, great. Me? Plant one in his *** next opening day. The game is bigger than Yadiel Puig, and I enjoy watching it more without that crap.
I don't get this at all. I've also seen plenty of the "stare down the pitcher" commentary on what Puig did. He did not stare at the pitcher at all - he watched the home run leave, then looked out to see that the pitcher was looking, and then he placed his bat down.
As a pitcher, I was always zeroed in on every hitter individually as an overarching goal of completing the inning, and, further, the game. After that fight with the individual was won or lost, there was a level of exuberance or disappointment. Being able to generate that exuberance into a display at the end of the individual is not "showing up" as much as it could very well be a "tip of the cap" to someone just as well.
Puig's background has plenty of people after him, but he's also the guy who was joking with and hugging Javy Baez after the finger wag at second base as well. He's a guy who plays with emotion, but he's learned how to direct that emotion. If a pitcher has previously called out bat flips, he very well may lay down the bat as a point of statement. I have no issue with that whatsoever as he's not starting the fight, he's responding to previous statements.
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