Shocker: Some People in Baseball Don't Like Dom Brown's 'Weak Act' Bat Flip and Choreographed High Five

Shocker: Some People in Baseball Don't Like Dom Brown's 'Weak Act' Bat Flip and Choreographed High Five

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."

Fans cheer as left fielder Domonic Brown (9) rounds the bases after hitting a home run Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

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?

[Previous Bat Flip Gate Coverage: Dom Brown bat flip 1, Dom Brown bat flip 2, Dom Brown-Ryan Howard bow, Dom Brown may be a marked man]

Nerlens Noel to get one-on-one experience while Sixers on road

Nerlens Noel to get one-on-one experience while Sixers on road

Being immersed in the team is important for Nerlens Noel, and so is continuing his rehab. 

While the Sixers are on the road for three days to play the Grizzlies and Pelicans, Noel will remain in Philadelphia to work out at the training complex in Camden, New Jersey. The team is not scheduled to practice in between games, so staying back allows Noel another day to get on the court.

“[I want him to] just start playing more and have a ball in his hands, get hit, physical, feel people, play one-on-one,” head coach Brett Brown said.

Noel has yet to play this season because of elective arthroscopic left knee surgery in October. He rejoined the Sixers after completing the first phase of his rehab in Birmingham, Alabama. There still is no timetable for his return. 

Brown has said there is a “classroom” element to Noel’s return. He has to learn a roster with new players and schemes. 

The on-the-court side of it is a reacclimation to the intensity of the league. Regardless of how many games Noel already has played in the NBA, there is an adjustment period getting back into the grind of the competition. Brown believes the time in the gym this week will help Noel prepare for the level of intensity he will face in his return. 

“It’s such fool’s gold to think somebody’s going to jump back into NBA basketball after you haven’t played for so long. I don’t care how athletic he is,” Brown said. “It’s a man’s world, this league, and there’s a physicality and there’s a real-time reaction you have to have to play in the game. You can’t make that up in practice, you can’t make that up playing one-on-one, but you can better position him instead of just going out to get shots. I want him to feel a body, get hit, hit back, play one-on-one, those types of things.”

Noel had been assigned to the Sixers’ Development League affiliate, the Delaware 87ers, to get in practice time when the Sixers had a game. The Sixers may forego another assignment and keep Noel at their facility as the Sevens also have two games in the next three days. 

Joel Embiid finally struggles in Sixers' loss to Nuggets

Joel Embiid finally struggles in Sixers' loss to Nuggets

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Joel Embiid has been making the NBA look easy. Rookie of the Month honors, five double-doubles in 13 games, seven performances of 20 points or more … all having missed the last two years rehabbing from foot injuries.

Embiid, though, still is a player learning the league. Night’s like Monday’s lackluster showing are going to happen, even if it seemed unexpected against the struggling Denver Nuggets. 

“We’ve been used to seeing Jo have superhuman nights,” Brett Brown said after the Sixers’ 106-98 loss (see Instant Replay). “I thought Joel was down tonight.” 

Embiid tallied a total 16 points (5 for 15 from the field, 1 for 3 from three, 5 for 6 from the line) with four rebounds, one assist, a career-high five blocks, three turnovers and three fouls in 25:32. 

He had a quiet first half with six points (2 for 5 from the field) and one rebound in 9:21. The biggest struggle came in the third quarter. Embiid scored a single point off a free throw and shot 0 for 6 from the floor. By the end of three, he was shooting 18.2 percent. 

The big man said he needed to be better at passing out of the double team. He committed two turnovers in the third. 

“I wasn’t getting to my spot and I wasn’t getting what I’m used to getting,” Embiid said of the first three quarters. “I’m going to go back and watch the tape and see what I did wrong.” 

Embiid bounced back for another Embiid-like offensive effort in the fourth. He dropped nine points off an efficient 3 for 4 shooting in 7:31. Still, it wasn’t enough. 

“I made a couple shots,” Embiid said. “It didn’t help us win, so I don’t think it matters.”

Brown noticed Embiid rushing his game. He also thought Embiid’s balance was off, something the big man has been dealing with all season as he continues to find his legs. 

Embiid will not play in Tuesday's game against the Grizzlies. It is part of his workload management in which he does not play both games of a back-to-back. Expect him to hone in on game film until his next matchup, and get back on the roller coaster that can be a first year in the NBA. 

“It's just part of a young man's growth,” Brown said. “It just happens. I don't think we need to read too deeply into it. I think, in many ways, to expect from time to time not as good of a performance as we have been used to is fair enough.”