MLB: 10 Worst Postgame Celebrations in Recent History
We all know that a win can be the single most exhilarating event on the planet. Important or meaningless, big stage or small, walk-off or 20-0 shellacking, a win is a win is a win.
And it always feels great.
Sometimes, however, guys tend to cross the line of "excitement" and embark into "embarrassing" territory.
Let's take a walk through the 10 most poorly executed celebrations in baseball history.
10. Ramon Ramirez Injures Himself Celebrating Johan Santana's No-Hitter
On June 1, 2012, Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in the 50-year history of the New York Mets. At approximately 9:45 P.M. Eastern, it was time to celebrate. Unfortunately for relief pitcher Ramon Ramirez, his party was cut short, and his season was put on hold for 15 days.
On his way to the Citi Field mound from the bullpen to go share the moment with the rest of his teammates, Ramirez strained his hamstring and found himself on the disabled list five days later.
You can catch a glimpse of Ramon Ramirez's ride on the fail boat, as he lags behind his jogging fellow relievers at the 2:25 mark of the video above, and his painful embrace with Santana at 2:52.
9. Nyjer Morgan Curses at Everyone
After clinching an NLDS victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks, Nyjer Morgan and the Milwaukee Brewers were visibly elated to be moving on. A season's worth of hard work had paid off, and their playoff journey would continue another round.
The victory seemed to leave T. Plush so disoriented that he lost control of his words.
After abruptly interrupting and ending teammate Ryan Braun's traditional postgame interview, Morgan could be heard cursing not once, not twice, but three times. On live television. With a TBS microphone next to his mouth.
Winning is one heck of a drug.
Clicking here will take you to the profane video. WARNING: The video does contain uncensored language.
8. Coco Crisp Gets a Gatorade Shower, Pied by Spiderman
On Aug. 3, 2012, Coco Crisp led the resurgent A's to their 12th walk-off win of 2012: a 5-4 win over Toronto in a 15-inning marathon. Excitement would be sure to ensue.
Now we've grown to know and love the Gatorade shower (as it's been a staple of meaningful wins for the better part of the last 30 years) so the first half-minute of the above video act as nothing out of the ordinary, as far as exciting wins go.
Crisp is playfully tossed a towel, and the night's hero accepts his praises and continues his postgame questioning from A's broadcasters.
And we were stupid enough to think that the party was over.
Mere seconds later, Crisp is paid a visit by one of America's favorite superheroes of all time!
Spider-Man flies over from the first-base dugout, giving Crisp not just one pie to the face, but a double pie attack.
We later find out that this was A's outfielder Josh Reddick (not the real Spider-Man) which lands this over-reaction on the list of worst baseball cellies in recent memory.
7. Every Time Jose Valverde Earns a Save
Detroit Tigers closer Jose Valverde could probably fill this list on his own, so we'll just give him a spot to himself.
The video above is only a moderate example of the the 34-year-old Dominican pitcher's potent victorious antics.
Intensity is encouraged among MLB closers, but Valverde's repeated failure to harness it earns him his own place on this list.
6. Chris Perez Gets so Excited He Throws Up
On June 10, 2012, Chris Perez of the Indians closed out the team's 33rd win of the season, over St. Louis...earning himself his 20th save on the year.
He clearly couldn't contain his excitement.
Seconds after the final out falls harmlessly into second baseman Jason Kipnis' mitt, Perez was shown on Cleveland's Channel 3 Sports telecast vomiting all over the Busch Stadium infield. The former Cardinal surely won back the hearts of the Redbirds' grounds crew with that performance.
He later chalked it up to some warm water that didn't sit well. Whatever the cause, Perez has it to thank for landing him the fifth worst recent baseball celebration.
5. Matt Kemp Resorts to Doing the Lawnmower Following Walk-off Shot
We'd like to think Matt Kemp, as one of baseball's brightest young stars, has a general sense of what's "cool" and what isn't.
After what he pulled on April 28, 2012, we're not so sure he should get the benefit of the doubt anymore.
Kemp was understandably fired up after spoiling the debut of Washington's Bryce Harper with a walk-off shot in the 10th. What ensued, however, no one will ever understand.
Words wouldn't do this move (or its corniness) any justice, so you can see for yourself at the 1:06 mark in the video above, and find out why this makes our list of worst baseball celebrations.
4. A Pirate Gets a Bit Too Excited After a Walk-off Win
On April 17, the 2010 Pittsburgh Pirates experienced something they weren't used to: A win.
A walk-off win, in fact. Garret Jones singled off the right-center field wall with two out in the ninth to hand the Pirates their sixth victory of the season.
If you think that's crazy, just watch the video.
An anonymous Pirate swarmed Jones with a move that looked like a half-hearted rendition of a Madden NFL 2005 Hit Stick tackle. Jones side-stepped his airborne assailant as he came to a crash landing on the PNC Park turf.
Do you recognize this jacket-and-beanie-clad Pirate? If you too have had an incident with this anonymous attacker, or can simply provide a name in the comments section, you'd do a great part in making our world a better and safer place.
3. Deion Sanders Tries to Drown Tim McCarver
After clinching the 1992 National League pennant, Deion Sanders and the Atlanta Braves felt it was time to celebrate, and rightly so. But first, Sanders had some business to take care of.
Sanders didn't take kindly to what he interpreted as McCarver's rooting against Atlanta. In fact, he was so heated by the analyst's words that he filled a tub with ice cold water, found McCarver, and dumped it on him.
Then he did it twice.
Then he did it three times.
It's pretty well known that in 1992, and in 2012, nobody is especially fond of Tim McCarver's broadcasting. What Sanders did, however, was crossing the line between fun and games, and disrespect.
Even his biggest critics had to've felt some sympathy for the Hall of Famer, when the above video pans to a soaking wet McCarver (suit on, microphone in hand) helplessly and sarcastically praising Prime Time, "You are a real man, Deion."
2. Kendrys Morales Fractures His Leg Leaping onto Home Plate
On May 29, 2010, Angels first baseman Kendrys Morales smashed a walk-off grand slam to solidify the Halos' 5-1 victory over the Mariners in the 10th inning.
Little did he know, he wouldn't see a Major League field again for nearly two years.
As he met his team and hopped onto the plate in celebration, Morales landed awkwardly and fractured part of his lower leg. The injury required surgery, and the first baseman missed the remainder of 2010.
Early the next season, it was made public that Morales' rehab was not going according to plan. He aggravated the injury suffered during his ecstatic leap, and would require more surgery. He would miss the entire 2011 season, too.
This will undoubtedly go down as one of the worst (and most embarrassing) celebrations in sports history, as it claimed almost two seasons of Morales' career.
1. Aroldis Chapman's Double Somersault
June 26, 2012. The Reds just clinched a series victory vs. the fourth place Milwaukee Brewers. Aroldis Chapman notched off his ninth save of the season, striking out Martin Maldonado with a 99 mile-per-hour fireball.
Time for the traditional congratulatory high fives and daps right, Aroldis?
No one really knows why Chapman resorted to post-game gymnastics to cap off his victorious night. What we do know, is that it will go down in the record books (if there were such things for events like these) as the worst postgame celebration of all time.
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