Showing up other players has no place in the game. Yes, the game gets heated and emotional, but athletes need to uphold the collegial attitude and sportsmanship the game was built on. Joey Bautista especially deserves swift punishment for flipping his bat while his team was down five runs. There was no reason for him to celebrate. Those types of celebrations put the individual in front of team and the game itself. No matter what the situation is, home run hitters should round the bases and get on with the game.
@RattoCSN I'd actually like to see a "don't celebrate meaningless April home runs like it's a Series Clincher in October" rule codified
Turn up your hearing aids and put down the Charleston Chew, old school baseball fans. BASEBALL IS MEANT TO BE FUN. Celebrations make the game more exciting, and allows batters to express themselves after a big play. Players complaining that they got shown up need to grow up. You’re not in the little leagues anymore. You’re grown men playing a competitive sport.
Don’t like the celebrations? Get the out. Baseball is looked at as a stiff sport for old farts because players aren’t allowed to show any joy. Pitchers get to celebrate big innings. Why not hitters?
If MLB wants more people to be into games I think letting people celebrate home runs without getting beaned in the head would be a start.