Major League Baseball has its problems, and apparently, bubbles are one of them.
That's right, bubbles.
Many teams celebrate home runs by doing their own special routines. Some do hand gestures, some dance. The Los Angeles Dodgers like to celebrate with bubbles. When one of the players hits a home run, a machine in the dugout shoots out bubbles.
When Clayton Kershaw threw a no-hitter earlier this year, the bubbles came out.
That's apparently something that MLB wants stopped.
According to The Los Angeles Times' Bill Shaikin, MLB executive vice president, and former Dodgers manager, Joe Torre stopped by Dodger Stadium before Tuesday's game to advise the team to stop using the machine.
When Juan Uribe homered in the second inning of Tuesday's game against the Los Angeles Angels, no bubbles were to be found in the dugout. Not everyone in the dugout knew that the league had asked the team to stop, so some were confused as to why there were no bubbles.
MLB spokesman Mike Teevan declined comment when Shaikin asked about why the Dodgers were advised to stop using the machine.
The machine's absence didn't last very long, however. The bubbles made another appearance after Matt Kemp homered on Wednesday at Angel Stadium.
A couple of Dodgers said that the bubbles have just been a way for the team to bond.
"We don't disrespect anybody," second baseman Dee Gordon said, via Shaikin. "We just have fun with our team."
Catcher A.J. Ellis defended his team's celebration, via Shaikin:
Everybody has their own way to celebrate a home run. Ours includes a prop. So does Milwaukee, a guy sliding down a slide. So does New York, with a big apple popping up in center field. So many teams are firing off fireworks.
It's fun for the fans. It's a little innocent thing. This game is serious enough as it is. We get criticized enough for being stoic.
Everyone—whether you are a kid or an adult—enjoys bubbles. The Dodgers found a unique way to celebrate, and now, they are having to defend themselves.
A bubble machine doesn't seem like much of a big deal, but it is something that MLB has its eye on.