If you saw the final out of the Mets’ 4-3 win over the Nationals last night at Citi Field, you might have noticed that Jenrry Mejia added a new wrinkle to his usual post-save “stomp” celebration. Check it out here. Yes, Mejia gestured in the general direction of the batter, Ian Desmond, before “reeling him in” like a fish. A little silly, but ultimately pretty harmless and fun.
According to James Wagner of the Washington Times, Nationals outfielder Denard Span wasn’t fond of the celebration while others didn’t take issue publicly. Mets manager Terry Collins initially defended Mejia’s post-save celebration, but apparently something has changed overnight.
Collins is right. We like our athletes to be joyless robots devoid of any personality. Was Mejia’s post-save celebration a little over the top? Yes, it was. Of course it was. But professional sports are supposed to be about entertainment. And it surely was that. Ultimately, it comes down to the following question. What is more stupid: Mejia’s post-save celebration or intentionally throwing at someone because it makes you mad? That’s a pretty easy answer for me. This is why the Mets — and very often, baseball in general — can’t have fun things.