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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.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”