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After Al Alberquerque’s Smooch, Does Baseball Need To Lighten Up?

Submitted by on October 8, 2012 – 5:02 pm2 Comments
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So the Oakland Athletics are pissed off with Al Alberquerque kissing a baseball before throwing it to first base and getting out of a ninth inning jam. Shortly after, the Tigers were celebrating a walk-off victory over the A’s in the playoffs as Don Kelly hit a bases loaded sacrifice fly. And the A’s are still pissed off at Al Alberquerque? Really?

“We didn’t appreciate that. I thought it was immature and not very professional,” A’s outfielder Josh Reddick said after the game. “You don’t do that on the field. Save it for the dugout. That’s all I’m going to say.”

Hmmmm… shouldn’t he be more concerned with the loss rather than Alberquerque showing some emotion after getting Yoenis Cespedes to ground out with runners on 1st and 3rd? He kissed the ball because he bailed himself out of a tough situation in a playoff game. Big deal. But that’s the problem with baseball. Any real showing of emotion during the game is met with criticism. You’re not supposed to celebrate a home run or else you are showing up the other team. My argument is “don’t give up a home run and you won’t have to worry about anyone celebrating anything.”

Now, I understand excessive celebration in a meaningless game. But Alberquerque kissing a baseball did nothing wrong.

“I just did it,” Alberquerque said afterwards. “It was the emotion of the game. I wasn’t trying to be a hot dog.”

No, he wasn’t. He was more relieved than ecstatic. The game was on the line and the 2nd year reliever was facing a powerful hitter. Now, if Alberquerque struck out Brandon Moss in the top of the 6th inning with the Tigers up by 4, celebration would be out of bounds. But this is the playoffs. This could change your future in the sport. One chance and one moment can alter everything.

How about the A’s worry about winning and not Al Alberquerque. They are down 2-0 in the series and on the verge of watching Alberquerque kissing baseballs from home.

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