since when did it become a bad thing to show your happiness and joy while playing a game that you love?? The Cardinals should not have said anything about the Dodgers but they are not wrong for showing how pumped up they are or how excited they are after a great play, great hit, or getting out of a jam especially during the post season. I am a baseball player and when one of your teammates or yourself does something to help you team you show your excitement without thinking because of your love for the game. I love seeing professional athletes show their excitement and joy after making a great play because it show their love for the game. Those of you who are bashing the Cardinals for doing this obviously have not played and loved a game so much that whenever you or a teammate did something to help you team in a big situation you just could not contain your excitement.
After last night's loss to the Dodgers in Game 3 of the NLCS, a few Cardinals players expressed dismay at some of the exuberance that was displayed by a few Dodgers players. "Mickey Mouse stuff," one called it. We at Deadspin share the Cardinals' concern for the soul of baseball. We want to see the game played the right way, which is why we'd like to see the following behavior eradicated from the diamond.
Here's Michael Wacha showing up Juan Uribe after striking him out to escape a bases loaded jam in Game 2. Wacha's just 22, so we blame his veteran teammates for not getting in his ear and letting him know that such behavior is unacceptable:
Trevor Rosenthal wasn't shy about letting his emotions fly after ending Game 2 with a strikeout. Yet another example of a young kid who needs to learn how to conduct himself on the diamond:
Here's Matt Carpenter leading off Game 2 with a triple before letting everyone in the stadium know who The Man is. It's just the first inning, Matt. There's still a lot of hardball to be played:
Hey Carlos Martinez, two claps is plenty. That's something that his American teammates will hopefully be able to teach this young gun:
Has David Freese ever crossed home plate before? This isn't the NBA, buddy:
Carlos Beltran is one of the best postseason hitters in history. Too bad talent doesn't always come with an equal measure of class:
It just makes you sick, doesn't it?
If the plucky, swaggering Cardinals really want to learn how to act like professionals, they'd be wise to look across the diamond, at grizzled veterans like Michael Young and Mark Ellis. Young and Ellis may be too old and too far past their primes to send the Cards packing, but they'll hopefully be able to send them off with a lesson on how the game should be played.
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