Hey, Rob Manfred, the A-Rod Slayer, flip this. Saturday, April 2, 2016
Manfred explicitly approved a batter flipping his bat defiantly after hitting a home run and implicitly opened the door to many other such acts by all players.
After recording the final out of the 1986 World Series New York Met relief pitcher Jesse Orosco flung his glove into the air in jubilation. His exuberance was understandable. After hitting the walk off three run home run with his team trailing 6-5 in game six to win the 1993 World Series for the Toronto Blue Jays Joe Carter leaped repeatedly as he rounded the bases. This was also understandable.
Suppose that Bautista had struck out? Would it have been OK for the pitcher to throw his glove into the air? Suppose that the bat had hit the catcher or the umpire? Suppose that the pitcher was offended and started a fight? And that home run merely tied a game.
There's more to this than differences in age, cultures, sensitivities. Find replays of the three incidents mentioned above. Both Orosco and Carter are joyous. Bautista is angry. Why? Bautista is not celebrating. Bautista is taunting.
Bryce Harper supports what Bautista did. Mike Trout states that he will no do that. Manfred states that he agrees with Harper. Manfred is now further on the dark side than when he persecuted Alex Rodriguez, who still has not failed a drug test. Manfred will have his hands full deciding what behavior is acceptable ... to him.