Joba Chamberlain said he didn’t see Aubrey Huff celebrate his first-inning home run. But he didn’t have a problem with it.
“Good for him,” he said. “He’s paid to hit home runs.”
Here’s what Huff had to say:
“He’s done it a couple of times to me when he’s struck me out. For me, it’s just in good fun. I always told the guys that if I get him, I’m going to give him a nice fist pump. For me, it wasn’t really showing anybody up. I was just trying to have some fun with it. He does it all the time and I figured you know what, why not?”
Is he worried about retribution?
“Why would he hit me? If he’s going to do that all the time, he’s got to understand that guys are going to be gunning for him you would think. If you want to do that stuff, you got to expect the hitters to get you, too.”
I’m sure some people will get all worked up about. But to me it’s not a big deal. If Joba wants to pump his fist, than he can’t be offended if somebody else does. I think baseball could use more emotion and guys enjoying their success instead of the staid “don’t show anybody up” code.
I’ve never understood why it’s OK for players in the NBA and NFL to celebrate but it’s not OK in baseball.