Million Dollar Question – What Would The Reaction To Some Of Baseball’s Greatest Home Runs be Like Today??
With all of the drama surrounding Carlos Gomez and the brawl that ensued after his near-home run against the Pirates a week ago, it made me wonder how some of the greatest home runs in baseball history, and the celebration that followed them, would be tolerated in today’s more sensitive baseball climate.
Taking out the walk-off, game-winning home run that brings a complete team to home plate to celebrate at the conclusion of a game, there are a ton of players from the past and present that celebrate the 2-run home run in the third inning of a ballgame with nothing on the line.
And I sit here and wonder how the baseball climate would react to former home run hitters if they played today – during a time in which pitchers take things more personal and coaches scream at their foes from the opposing dugout.
How would the opponent react If Matt Kemp pumped his arms like Kirk Gibson?
How would the opponent react if Coco Crisp popped his jersey and skipped a few steps out of the batter’s box a la Rickey Henderson?
How would the opponent react if Carlos Beltran stood at home plate and watched his home run sail over the outfield wall like Reggie Jackson?
For me, I think a lot of it has to do with the player and not really the moment. If a player is hurting the team he is facing, that is when things get testy. If he has hurt the team in the past or if there is bad blood from prior incidents, the first unnecessary action could be the thing that takes things to the next level.
Where do you stand on this? Would the heroes of yesterday be treated differently today or would they to be on the opposite end of a brawl for their actions?
I’m interested to get your take on this one. Let’s Go!!