Yoenis Cespedes asked the perfect question when he was told what Hall of Famer Goose Gossage said about him. The former Yankee called out the showboating done by hitters like Cespedes and Jose Bautista.
“Bautista is a f—ing disgrace to the game. He’s embarrassing to all the Latin players, whoever played before him. Throwing his bat and acting like a fool, like all those guys in Toronto. Cespedes, same thing.
Cespedes admitted he had no idea who he was. Then followed up saying pitchers celebrate when they strike out hitters.
They get to have their moment and revel in it, so why can’t the batters get a chance to enjoy their success, too? I will stick by that.
You don’t have to look further than Matt Harvey and Jeurys Familia to see that. Even Yankees pitchers like CC Sabathia have the occasional fist pump or screaming moment. Each of these pitchers have been more than celebratory when they get that big strikeout.
No harm, no foul, right? Well for Gossage, it is “disgraceful”.
Celebrating is part of the game. Is there such a thing as too much grandstanding? Of course! Just standing at the plate watching the ball sail into the high heavens rather than running the bases on contact is more than annoying. I’ll give Goose that much.
Saying you can’t celebrate an achievement at the plate or from the mound is just plain stupid.