Did anyone ever tell you to go jump into a Lake? Well, apparently last night Miami decided to tell Junior to do just that. Well, in case you missed it, Junior Lake decided in his infinite wisdom to just blow Miami a kiss as he turned third base after a lengthy home run. Miami downed Chicago 7-3
Listen, I don’t care who you are but I don’t enjoy grandstanding in any sport. Hit your home run and jog the bases. Score your goal and skate to the bench. Oh, don’t get me started on those touchdown end zone shenanigans. Have respect for the other team.
The pitcher just tipped his cap to you, the goalie is still shaking his head at how that went through the five hole and the defence is probably catching their breath watching you sprint 70 yards.
“I just spoke to [Lake] and spoke to him during the game,” Joe Maddon told reporters. “We don’t do that here and that will be the last time you see it. I did tell them at home plate during the scrum. I told Chuck Hernandez because that’s who I saw. I said, ‘It’s our fault and we’ll take care of it.”
Sometimes though, major leaguers lose sight of the professionalism that athletes have to carry once they make it to the pros. In any case Junior, part of the reason you’re not in the permanent lineup like say, Fowler, Bryant and Soler is just that.
Anthony Rizzo has started every game because of his skill, but also his attitude.
“I don’t want us to take a page out of ‘Major League’ and flamboyantly flip a bat after a long home run,” Maddon said. “I don’t want that at all. That has nothing to do with us ascending. I would even like to use this moment for our Minor League guys, that [flipping the bat] doesn’t play. For our kids watching, it doesn’t play. Don’t do that; that’s not cool. It’s very, very much not cool. If you’re watching the game back home in Chicago tonight, don’t do that.”
Junior, that’s not cool.