As you've undoubtedly heard by now, Yasiel Puig celebrated a hit last night in the NLCS that he thought was going to be a home run, which only turned out to be a stand-up triple. Some players, fans, and analysts had a problem with the way he flipped his bat and ran into third base while clapping.
Weeeeee, look at 'im go.
The most noted reaction belongs to the Cardinals' Carlos Beltran, who fielded the triple.
After the play, Beltran appears visibly upset on screen.
Beltran had some comments on the Puig Party following the game:
"As a player, I just think he doesn't know [about how to act]. That's what I think. He really doesn't know. He must think that he's still playing somewhere else."
Somewhere Else, of course, being a place where people flip every day objects in celebration on a daily basis - paper work, baby strollers, grocery carts. It's a constant party in Somewhere Else, where a player like Yasiel Puig belongs; not in Major League Baseball, where 22-year-old rookies make a point not to celebrate their own success, especially in a big game, especially in the playoffs.
"He has a lot of passion, no doubt about that -- great ability, great talent. I think with time, he'll learn that you've got to act with a little bit more calm."
Baseball is a game in which 25 players on 30 teams all act exactly the same way, following the same set of rules, and adhering to the same straight line of behavior that Carlos Beltran follows. And there is nothing - nothing - more important than the ancient rules put in place by grown men who play a children's game for a living.
This is proven by baseball's lawmen, the Brian McCann's and Carlos Beltran's, who won't hesitate to make public comments or scream themselves hoarse if their feelings are hurt on the baseball field.
"I mean, it's not great. To me, I don't like it. But what can I say? I don't play for them. I just play over here. I just need to do my job. It is what it is."
Look how little Carlos Beltran actually cares. He cares so little that he told ESPN exactly what he thought on the matter. What an outward, completely visible method of not caring at all.
Bat flipping on what you believe to be a home run makes you look like an idiot. Take this guy, for example.
Of course, in that case, his home run was an out. Puig's was a triple. That knocked in some go-ahead runs. In the National League Championship Series. With his team already down two games.
If Beltran gets some sort of vengeful satisfaction from calling Puig out in the media - "Yeah, that'll show 'im!" - then hey, have fun. But don't bring a 22-year-old Cuban guy to the Majors, celebrate him, put him on the front of everything, then tell him he's too excited to be here because it's not written down somewhere that players have to be calm in the playoffs.