Wait a second? Did I miss something? We’re on full hypocrisy alert. HYPCON 4, folks.
Joba pumps his fist in a May game after an 8th inning strike out and all hell breaks loose. The media are on his back. Goose Gossage calls it “un-Yankee” or something equally silly. The Indians cry foul, claim he’s showing up the other team and batter, bringing up the old “double standard” whine.
Yet, last night, Papelbon, equally dramatic, exuberant and emotional as Joba, gave a huge fist pump after an 8th inning-ending strike out and another when he ended the game the next inning. What gives? Not so much as a whimper by the press and media. I know, I checked. Where’s the same outcry?
Here’s a Zapruder-quality video of the final out (MLB.com won’t let you embed their videos, but don’t get me started on that dumb rule):
Lest you be confused about my stance: I think all of this emotion, excitement, etc. is GREAT. Why be so robotic and boring? Who wants to see that? Not me. Let Joba and Papelboner do their fist pumps so long as it’s done at the right time for the right reasons and in a way that’s not done to embarass their opponents.
Let’s have some fun.