Angels outfielder Mike Trout, arguably the face of the game today, disagrees with Harper, Bill Shaikin reports for the Los Angeles Times. Trout said that flipping a bat in celebration after hitting a home run “definitely would be” showing up the pitcher. If he were a pitcher, Trout said, “I’d be pretty upset.”
Trout added, “I go out there and try to respect the game. I go out there and play. My parents always taught me to be humble.”
While I can’t recall Trout ever flipping a bat, he has certainly celebrated a great catch in the outfield. He robbed Jesus Montero of a home run last September, after which he pumped his first and let out a “Whoo!”
Is that disrespectful, showing up the hitter? Or is it okay for fielders to celebrate triumphs over hitters, but not okay for hitters to celebrate triumphs over pitchers?
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