When Did Baseball Get Soft?

Trent Grisham in San Antonio. He hit a home run in his 99th game in Major League Baseball
Trent Grisham in San Antonio. He hit a home run against Clayton Kershaw on Monday. PHOTO CREDIT: Minda Haas Kuhlmann//Flickr

Is this not the major leagues? Are players not supposed to celebrate after hitting potentially the biggest home run of their careers?

Baseball has it’s unwritten rules, many of which today’s fans don’t agree with. Teams are supposed to have the utmost respect for one another. But when millions of dollars are on the line, those rules need to get tossed out the window. 

Monday’s game between the L.A. Dodgers and the San Diego Padres was a prime example of this. Trent Grisham launched a home run into the stratosphere against former Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw. The bomb tied what was Grisham’s 99th MLB game 1-1. And the Padres would go on to win the game 7-2. After Monday’s contest, they were within 1.5 games of the NL West lead, a division they haven’t won since 2006. 

Grisham’s home run propelled the Padres to victory Monday. Now, they try to chase down the Dodgers for the division lead.

However after the game, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts took exception to Grisham admiring his homer:

“Certainly it’s a big game, big hit. Really like the player, but I just felt to stay at home plate, certainly against a guy like Clayton who’s got the respect of everyone in the big leagues and what he’s done in this game, I just took exception to that… I think there’s a certain respect you give a guy if you homer against him.”

Dave Roberts, Los Angeles Dodgers manager

So you’re telling me you want Grisham — who is essentially a rookie — to contain himself and not celebrate after hitting a monstrous home run, out of respect? Bro, this man just hit the biggest home run of his career in a tight divisional race with about two weeks left in the season. Give me a break!

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This is almost as bad as when baseball purists reamed out Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr.. His crime? Hitting a grand slam in a blowout game when the count was 3-0. 

There are millions of dollars at stake! You can’t fault a guy for swinging 3-0 in a blowout, nor can you get mad at someone for celebrating after hitting a huge home run. 

Also, if we’re being honest, Grisham didn’t even disrespect Kershaw. He never even looked or said any words in Kershaw’s direction. The Padres’ youngster stared at his long ball for about a second, before tossing the bat and shouting some words at his OWN dugout. 

Clayton Kershaw, a normal human who understands the heat of the moment, didn’t even care about Grisham’s actions. 

“I’m not going to worry about their team. Let him do what he wants,” Kershaw said

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It’s the same argument I make everytime I see something like this: if you don’t want someone pimping a home run, don’t give up the home run in the first place. It’s as simple as that. This is the MAJOR LEAGUES, if you take offense to a guy celebrating off a bad pitch your team made, maybe this isn’t the league for you. 

Dave Roberts was out of line, especially considering his pitcher didn’t even seem to care. Stick to managing and let the players play.

Even if Grisham did disrespect Kershaw, who cares? It would be good for baseball to get another rivalry brewing, and everyone loves to see a nice, bench-clearing brawl. 

Baseball is getting too sensitive. These guys are playing at the highest level. If you let up a home run and get mad at the other guy for hitting it, this league ain’t for you, bro.

I guess Roberts might just be salty. After all, the Dodgers have been the best team in the National League for the last three years and have nothing to show for it.

The Padres are hitting dingers and taking names this year. I’m tired of the Dodgers blowing it in the playoffs every year. Let’s hope this continues into the playoffs for the Padres and we get ourselves a good ol’ southern California rivalry going. 

A.Scott, Deputy Editor for The Challenge. Lifelong Jets, Mets, Nuggets and Flyers fan still looking to celebrate his first pro sports championship. Retired degenerate sports gambler who likes to come out of retirement. Learned how to count cards at the age of 18, but has yet to put the skill to good use. Primarily writes about the MLB, but will dip his toes into the NFL, NBA, college basketball and UFC. When I’m not writing for The Challenge or for a local news station in Syracuse, you can catch me either on the golf course or pounding brews with bros. “Don’t worry, be happy!” R.I.P. Mac Miller

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