Today’s post is a very simple question. I’m curious to hear other people’s thoughts on this. I’ll give you a little back story before I put up my poll.
Today, my girlfriend and I went to a regional softball game between Mizzou and Illinois. We were only there for about 20 minutes because there was a huge line of storms headed our direction. We saw about five hitters from Illinois and then the game was postponed for the evening. Illinois did manage to scratch across one run in that short time. That’s where my question comes from.
If you’ve ever been to a softball game, you know that it’s not uncommon for the players to come to the top step of the dugout and chant and cheer their hitter. In most places, it’s encouraged. Illinois took this very seriously. They were very choreographed and very excited. What caught my attention most, however, was when they scored their one run, the entire team greeted the scorer at home plate. This was not a home run, it was a single to left with a runner on second. In the first inning.
My question is this:
In a world where athletes can’t celebrate anything, is this crossing the line of sportsmanship?
This isn’t relegated to softball, when a player hits a homer in college baseball the whole team greets that player at home plate. Imagine if this happened in a Major League game.
That’s all. It’s not a big deal, I know, but I had never seen an entire team on the field to celebrate a run in the first inning of a game. So give me some feedback, is this okay? Is it weird? Does it just not matter at all? Let me know in the comments.