What The Bush League: Showboat Soriano Edition

Dan Pazos@danpinreallifeCorrespondent IJuly 28, 2009

CHICAGO - MAY 2:  Alfonso Soriano #12 of the Chicago Cubs runs to first against the Florida Marlins during the game on May 2, 2009 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

So does anyone else think this guy is an absolute clown?

By hitting a walk off grand slam, which counts just as much as a walk-off single, Alfonso Soriano won the game for the Cubs last night against the Astros.

Great for the Cubs, celebrate as a team and enjoy the victory, they deserved it.

The Cubs were able to sit alone atop the NL Central with this win, a great reason for celebration as a team.

Apparently, Soriano saw this as an opportunity to shine as an individual.

In true clown fashion, Soriano felt the need to trot the bases waving his hand over his face as if the Astros "couldn't see him."

Really Alfonso, they couldn't see you?

Just stick the rubber nose and the clown makeup on him, and they really won't see him.

The stat sheet reads he was 0-for-5 coming into the game-winning at bat, so I'm pretty sure up to that point you didn't see the ball when any of the Astros pitchers threw it to you.

Soriano was sat down on strikes three times in his six at bats in the game.

Oh and the other out? It was a double play.

A one-time All-Star, Soriano should not be showboating his way around the bases after the way he is playing this season.

He has quickly dropped off the face of the earth in the best player in baseball talks, and is usually a non-factor, if not a hindrance to progression.

Let’s just say that a guy like Johnny Damon, who is widely considered nowhere near an All-Star, is leading Soriano in RBI and batting average.

I mention Damon because he hit his 200th career home run last night, and no showboating occurred.

Soriano, who fields a bit like Damon—terribly—should not be showing the other team up.

Guys like Soriano need to learn that when you are playing as badly as he is, you need to show respect for the other team when you do something like hit a walk off home run.

When you bounce back from batting .198 in June, you are allowed to feel a bit special.

It's okay Alfonso, Cubs fans apprecate that you are batting over .300 this month and now you just have start making plays in the field.

I mean, sure I have no problem with the big team celebration at the plate after a hard fought victory.

But waving your hand in front of your face like you didn't get fanned three times in the game and don't have a .954 fielding average?

That’s just Bush League.


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