Well, we know where Eduardo Rodriguez stands on the bat-carrying saga of the 2019 World Series.
In case you missed it, Houston Astros star Alex Bregman carried his bat to first base in celebration of a game-tying home run in the first inning of Game 6 on Tuesday. Then, in the top of the fifth inning, the Washington Nationals’ Juan Soto mocked Bregman’s celebration upon hitting a go-ahead homer in what proved to be a 7-2 victory for the Nats, forcing a Game 7 on Wednesday.
The bat carrying has drawn mixed reviews, with both baseball purists and new-age fans/players having firm takes on the matter. Rodriguez, a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, weighed in during Game 6, sharing his view from a hurler’s perspective.
Arguably the most animated moment of Rodriguez’s career was when he slammed his glove on the mound during the 2018 World Series after surrendering a moonshot to Yasiel Puig. Rodriguez later said he wouldn’t let emotions get the best of him on the mound like that again.
Rodriguez does have something of a point, though, as it’s not uncommon for, say, a pitcher like Marcus Stroman to get knocked for exuberance on the mound.
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