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Joc Pederson’s home run trot sure was something

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If I could snap my fingers, make myself 20 years younger, give myself world class baseball-playing abilities and hit the home run that helped win a World Series game, I’d probably cartwheel my way around the base paths while singing “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General” from “The Pirates of Penzance.” For starters.

So, forgive me if I have no problem whatsoever with Joc Pederson‘s reaction to his big home run from last night’s game. Here’s the Dodgers outfielder after taking Joe Musgrove deep in the seventh inning of Game 6:

No, I’m not sure my celebration would include the specific gestures his did — kinda doofy? — but his would never include Gilbert and Sullivan, so we’re even. Dude was excited.

Thankfully, we’re hearing very little complaining about his gesticulating and emoting. I came across some randos on Twitter saying it was unprofessional, but nothing from the folks who have tut-tutted others for bat flips and the like in the past. To the extent any Astros were asked about it after the game they didn’t have a problem with it.

This makes me cautiously optimistic that we’re finally over complaining about players celebrating. Of course, the pessimistic side of me is always there, and that side makes me wonder if people are just less upset when certain players do it and not others.

Scooter Gennett wins arbitration case against Reds

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The Reds lost their first arbitration case of the offseason, per a report from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Second baseman Scooter Gennett was awarded the $5.7 million salary figure he was seeking from the team, a $600,000 bump over the $5.1 million they countered with last month.

Gennett, 27, is coming off of a career-best performance in 2017. After getting claimed off of waivers by the Reds last March, he broke out with an impressive .295/.342/.531 batting line, 27 home runs and 2.4 fWAR in 497 plate appearances. By season’s end, he ranked among the top five most productive second basemen in the National League (and 12th overall). He’s currently set to remain under team control through 2019.

Gennett was only the second Reds player to go to an arbitration hearing this winter. Fellow infielder Eugenio Suarez was defeated in arbitration last week and stands to make just $3.75 million compared to the $4.2 million he filed for in January. All 22 arbitration cases have now been resolved. Twelve were decided in favor of the players.