Here's a pop quiz for you. One of these four people is NOT OKAY with Dom Brown's celebration after he hits home runs.
See if you can guess which one it is:
- Ryan Howard
- A Baseball Scout
- Charlie Manuel
- Gary "Sarge" Matthews
What's your answer? Ding, ding, ding! You guessed it. A baseball scout is not okay with Dom Brown's celebration. Your prize is a highly choreographed high five next time we see you.
So what did this scout have to say exactly. The Inquirer's Bob Brookover did some investigating.
"Brown better watch it with that weak act he's pulling after his home runs," one scout said. "He's going to tick off the wrong pitcher and wind up wearing it. There are a lot of people watching who hope it changes soon. It's very unprofessional."
So that's what some anonymous baseball scout who may have never had the opportunity in his life to flip a bat and strut to first base after hitting a home run in a Major League Baseball game had to say.
It's not like he's totally off base though. Heck, even we called his bat flip the other night "incredibly ridiculous."
The other three guys mentioned above are mostly okay with it. Mostly.
What about someone who knows a thing or two about bat flipping? How about Sarge Matthews? Again, the Inquirer's Bob Brookover has the quotes:
"It might have been a little bit over the top," Phillies broadcaster Gary Matthews said. "However, in saying that, I would much rather see him do that than to walk back and put the bat in the rack after a strikeout. For me, to show enthusiasm, that's what it is all about, and it's about time to see some of that."
It might be a little over the top, yes. HOWEVER, it's also badass and fun as hell to watch if you're a Phillies fan.
Ryan Howard and Charlie Manuel are also quoted on the subject. Howard himself is involved in the elaborate high-five-bow-thinger at home plate. The Big Piece cites Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz admiring one of his homers at CBP just a couple of weeks ago, noting that he enjoys a little flair in the game as long as it's within the bounds of tasteful sportsmanship.
Manuel seems to think it's the kind of thing that will police itself, but if it doesn't, Chuck isn't afraid to step in and say something. He hasn't needed to yet.
Moral of the story? It's okay to swag out a little bit. But DON'T go overboard, or else! (you could get plunked)
Like all things in life, moderation is key.
Your thoughts on the all-important Dom Brown bow or no-bow debate?