A big home run is one of the most exciting parts of baseball, so it’s totally understandable to celebrate whenever someone goes deep. However, what the Los Angeles Dodgers get to after this Hanley Ramirez home run on Tuesday night takes the whole “good job, high-five!” to an entirely new level.
Even assuming you clicked on that link (because MLB doesn’t allow embedding), some explanation might be in order here.
The Dodgers, you see, are a group of pro athletes, which means they do many of the things that pro athletes like to do: hitting baseballs, catching baseballs, throwing baseballs, etc. This team, however, has discovered a part of the sport that’s apparently much more fun.
Bubble machines and dancing, of course.
When Ramirez smacked a two-run shot into the bleachers at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, putting the team ahead in the seventh inning, Los Angeles pulled out its new, bubbly celebration. As Hardball Talk notes, this is apparently something the team has been doing recently, so it wasn’t just a one-time thing.
We’ve seen teams make little celebrations in the past, but we have to give the Dodgers some extra credit for using props here. A celebratory dance is one thing; it’s entirely something else to bring a bubble machine along for the ride.
And to be clear, this is a very good thing. Baseball should be fun and, from all indications, those guys look like they’re having a lot of fun. Until one of those bubbles gets caught in the wind and ends up taking some poor fan’s eye out, we should embrace the Dodgers’ celebration in all of its childish whimsy.