Originally Posted by lidspinner
I am not a huge fan of trash talking and showing opposing players up but this years WBC is the best I have seen and mainly because the Dominican Republic are having fun and showing off, doing what they do.....it's fun to watch them. It brings the "kid" out in each of them and that's why I watch sports at times, to see athletes act like I do when I get excited and lose control.....it's boring to watch a robot play baseball and hit a homerun and jog around the bases with his head down....it's like the batter is afraid to smile because espn will say he isn't respecting the game.....respecting the game is playing 100% and trying to win each and every game, even if your down by 10 in the 9th inning with 2 outs......
I for one want to see more of a Dominican presence in MLB and I hope their flare rubs off on some of today's stars of the game.....with that said there is a difference in having fun and showing someone up.....as long as the DR players respect the opponent and take it if it gets dished back out then I see no reason to not let loose and have fun while playing baseball.....I love Joey Votto and he is the consummate professional but he is a robot at times and he appears to be programmed to do his thing, which his thing is being the best player in the game so I am kind of ok with that but wouldn't it be great to see Joey hit a homerun against the Cardinals late in the game to take the lead and give a fist pump and smile ala Adrian Gonzales did against the USA last night in the WBC?
That's exactly what I'm talking about...You wanna see a guy having fun doing what he's doing! Why do we worry about how a person is feeling when we do something well?? Why do we care if a person admires his homerun or flip his bat? This 1920 mindframe is one of the reason's baseball has became America's past time..to just the past..All I remember in baseball is Kirk Gibson fist pump, or Joe Carter jumping up and down rounding the bases in world Series. Why does MLB choose to be so lame? Baseball needs a young Vibrant commissioner. Wipe the stale, stench of rules out of the game..Thanks for instant replay. Took you 15yrs to finally use it