Sergio Romo to Bryce Harper: “I’m sorry, but just shut up.”

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On Thursday morning, Tim Keown of ESPN The Magazine published an intriguing feature on Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper. The article is great for a number of reasons, but one particular quote from Harper made the rounds, as he called baseball “a tired sport” because “you can’t express yourself”, i.e. with bat flips and fist-pumping.

Giants reliever Sergio Romo got wind of his and disagreed. Per Carl Steward of the Bay Area News Group, Romo said, “Don’t put your foot in your mouth when you’re the face of the game and you just won the MVP. I’m sorry, but just shut up.”

It’s rich coming from Romo, who is himself very demonstrative on the mound. Here are just a few of a large quantity of pictures in which he is caught celebrating on the mound.

PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 22: Relief pitcher Sergio Romo #54 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks in the MLB game at Chase Field on June 22, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Giants defeated the Diamondbacks 4-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 16: Sergio Romo #54 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates after defeating the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 at AT&T Park on August 16, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 15: Sergio Romo #54 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates defeating the Miami Marlins 6-4 at AT&T Park on May 15, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Romo justified his actions, saying, “As emotional and as fiery as I am, I do my best not to look to the other dugout. I look to the ground, I look to my dugout, to the sky, to the stands.” He continued, “I don’t agree that being able to put your hands up when you hit a 500-foot home run or punching somebody out and then staring them down, I’m sorry, it doesn’t add flair to the game. That’s showing up the other guy.”

Romo also offered career advice to Harper. He said, “I’m pretty sure if someone has enough money, he can find another job if this is really tired.”

Even if Romo’s criticism were valid, he’s really not the person who should be offering it. At the very least, it’s a good window into human psychology.

Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista, who famously flipped his bat in the playoffs last year, was the target of some angry criticism from Hall of Famer Goose Gossage. One wonders if the heat Harper and Bautista take for their emotion is more about how talented they are. Hmm.

Robinson Canó benched for lack of hustle

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Mets second baseman Robinson Canó is not in the lineup for Monday’s series opener against the division rival Nationals. Per MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo, it’s punishment for failing to run hard on a pair of double plays over the weekend against the Marlins.

Manager Mickey Callaway said, “He understands that it’s unacceptable to not run balls out. He understands that he needs to do that at all times.”

Canó first gaffe came in the top of the seventh inning on Friday, with his team trailing 7-3. Facing Adam Conley, Canó hit a grounder back to the pitcher, who turned a 1-6-3 double play. Canó was only halfway up the first base line when the throw got to first base.

In the fourth inning on Sunday, with the game still scoreless, Canó tapped a Sandy Alcantara pitch in the dirt. Thinking it was foul, Canó didn’t run, but catcher Chad Wallach charged and grabbed the ball while it was still in fair territory. He threw to second base for the force out and then the ball was easily whipped to first base to complete the double play as Canó still thought it was foul.

This likely wouldn’t be as big a deal as it currently is if Canó were actually producing at the plate and if the Mets weren’t in a freefall. Canó has a .245/.293/.374 batting line on the season. Meanwhile, the Mets are 20-25 and riding a five-game losing streak which includes having been shut out in each of their last two games.