It FINALLY happened today.
Something I've been saying for years, warning about, and it happened today in Anaheim.
I've been writing on this blog for a long time about how much I hate those stupid, inane "celebrations" at home plate whenever someone hits a home run in the bottom of the ninth or in extra innings. Players acting like Little Leaguers, guys acting like they just won the World Series over winning a normal game late. Mobbing (and practically mugging) a guy who just happened to get a hit to win an average game.
Some of them have gotten violent, with players getting knocked to the ground in them. Teammates hitting teammates with fists. I hold my breath whenever I see them.
Well, we have a casualty today, and it's a serious injury.
Kendry Morales of the LA Angels hit a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Seattle Mariners (a so-called "walkoff" one; I hate that term too, but that's another story) and had to do that "leap" into the pile at home plate, tossing away his helmet, with his teammates about to attack him. But he landed awkwardly on his ankle, breaking his left leg. He'll need surgery and it will probably kill the rest of his 2010 season.
Over something as unbelievably stupid as trying to do a "cool" celebration. Here's more from ESPN (including video).
Angels manager Mike Scioscia after the injury: "It'll change the way we celebrate. It sure was exciting, but you always wonder if it's an accident waiting to happen."
Maybe now MLB players will wake up and stop these stupid, foolish acts at home plate. Save the celebrations for something special, like winning a title or throwing a no-hitter.
Just because you won a game in your last turn at-bat doesn't mean you have to act like morons.
Do you think Kendry Morales regrets what happened? You bet he does.
Nothing wrong with celebrating a late-inning win. Just stop acting like fools. We don't need more unnecessary injuries.