A batter celebrates a house run by flinging his bat within the air, and the opposing workforce accuses him of disrespecting their pitcher, their workforce, or, in some cases, the game. Incidents like this occur on a regular basis.
What made a specific bat-flip controversy Sept. 14 noteworthy was the function performed by the Dodgers. They had been the workforce that complained.
Think about that.
Reverse them beginning Tuesday of their Nationwide League Division Collection will probably be a San Diego Padres workforce characterized by a youthful exuberance for which the pre-Andrew Friedman Dodgers had been recognized.
“Each single night time, we play the sport the best method, win or lose,” Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts mentioned.
With demonstrative energy hitters in Manny Machado and 21-year-old Fernando Tatis Jr., the Padres signify the brand new wave.
“We really feel we’re a workforce with a bunch of untamed playing cards,” Padres supervisor Jayce Tingler mentioned. “We have now a free, enjoyable, energetic group.”
The Dodgers are the previous celebration animals who moved to the suburbs to lift households. The division rival Padres are the youngsters who took their locations within the nightclubs.
Which is why their flareup two weeks in the past at Petco Park was inevitable.
Within the sixth inning of the sequence opener, Kershaw served up a homer to left-handed-hitting Trent Grisham.
Turning towards the Padres bench down the first-base line, Grisham tossed his bat, screamed, “Let’s go!” A handful of strides into his dwelling run trot, he smirked at Kershaw. The Padres went on to win and narrowed their deficit to the Dodgers within the NL West to a half-game.
Roberts was not amused.
“I don’t thoughts guys admiring a homer,” Roberts informed reporters after the sport. “Definitely, it’s a giant recreation, a giant hit, however I simply felt that to over-kind-of-stay at dwelling plate, definitely towards a man like Clayton, whose acquired the respect of everybody within the large leagues and what’s he’s executed on this recreation, I simply took exception to that.”
The Dodgers responded. They had been extra energetic on the bench. They usually swept the remaining two video games of the sequence.
The Padres weren’t modified by their failure to overhaul the Dodgers. In a comeback victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Recreation 2, the Padres blasted 5 dwelling runs to keep away from elimination. Tatis celebrated his first by bouncing across the bases and his second with a very violent toss of his bat. Machado admired his blast, after which he flung his bat, slapped himself on his chest and pantomimed shoveling meals into his mouth.
“There’s no uninteresting second right here,” Machado informed reporters.
The Dodgers had been as soon as like this, their celebrations irritating their extra historically
The baseball tradition warfare was a theme within the 2013 NL Championship Collection, when Hollywood showmanship shared the stage with the Cardinal Approach.
The Cardinals had been incensed by the on-field celebrations of Puig and Adrian Gonzalez, prompting pitcher Adam Wainwright to discuss with Gonzalez’s antics as “Mickey Mouse stuff.” Later within the sequence, Gonzalez poked enjoyable on the comment by elevating his palms by his ears after hitting a house run.
However the Dodgers aren’t the identical group they had been then.
In 2013, the Dodgers had been of their second yr underneath Guggenheim Baseball Administration, which bought them from a bankrupt Frank McCourt. The Dodgers, who began their streak of eight NL West titles that yr, had been nonetheless unaccustomed to being World Collection favorites.
The workforce’s tradition has modified since then. The extra unstable — and entertaining — personalities have disappeared, changed by even-tempered gamers. The primary participant to obtain a nine-figure contract from Friedman was Betts, an outfielder comparable in temperament to Kershaw.
Expectations have additionally modified. The Dodgers’ latest heartbreaks have taught them that dominant common seasons don’t essentially translate to October glory. This isn’t a workforce moved by a return to the NLDS.
They usually weren’t.
When the Dodgers accomplished a two-game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers within the wild-card spherical, they reacted as in the event that they’d gained a regular-season recreation. There have been smiles and a few handshakes, however that was about it.
That wasn’t the case for the Padres, who defeated the Cardinals in three video games to succeed in the playoffs for the primary time since 2006. When nearer Trevor Rosenthal recorded the ultimate out, he violently slapped his glove and punched the air. Tatis enthusiastically bumped forearms with second baseman Jake Cronenworth. Machado pointed to the heavens. Outdoors the park, the downtown San Diego streets overflowed with jubilant followers, who both forgot or didn’t care there was a pandemic.
The Dodgers might have a second like that. Aside from them, it is going to require 11 extra victories — three within the NLDS, 4 within the NLCS and 4 within the World Collection.