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Lastings Milledge -- Man of the People
Posted by Jason Thornbury at 6/5/2006 8:20:00 PM
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I didn't see this, but it sounds pretty harmless to me. Lastings Milledge is catching flack for high-fiving fans after swatting his first home run. Part of it is of course becaue he's a rookie, so he should keep it toned down in the very hierarchical world of baseball. But is it really so bad that he involved the fans in his moment? It's not like he ran over to the stands on his way back to the dugout. He was jogging back to right field and smacked some hands on the way. No harm no foul in my book. Bet the fans will love him for it, too. Until he goes 0-for-3, I mean, this is New York after all.


I was watching the game live when it happened, and my first reaction was: wow, that's pretty cool, he is getting the fans involved. It wasn't until much later that I thought of the possible ramifications of that action, epsecially after hearing and reading all the columnists view on this. One cynical note is that the Mets tried a similar approach prior to dealing Kazmir, by saying some of the negatives about him, i.e. his changing of the radio station in the clubhouse, motion that would lead to him breaking down in the future, and I wonder if they are leaking some information out about his issues in the minors etc. to justify it if they trade him down the road. As a fan, thought his move was great and they now have bonded with him, which can only help him if he goes into a slump.
Posted by airjan23 at 6/6/2006 10:35:00 AM
Would have been better if he'd waited until the end of the game. That sort of celebration during a game is just going to get one of his teammates drilled.
Posted by czegers at 6/6/2006 4:56:00 PM
What kind of heirarchal crap mandates an enthusiastic player cannot display his genuine joy at playing -- wait for it -- a "game"? The fans will adore him and the media will vilify him. It's sad that the social norm of baseball dictates a code that disallows even the tiniest of individual expressions. Hockey players high-five all of the fans on the way to the dressing room -- why can't one ball player do the same?
Posted by eaglehawk at 6/6/2006 6:57:00 PM
Hockey is hockey. Baseball is baseball. I'm not saying it's right or wrong, it just is, and has been for 100+ years.
Posted by czegers at 6/7/2006 6:30:00 PM

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