Never show up an opposing pitcher after hitting a home run off him. - Baseball


This is includes such no-nos as Ruben Sierra's funky-chicken dance step and Jeffrey Leonard's one flap down. Taking a long time to get around the bases is considered taboo. Scott Rolen of the Cardinals is one who does it the right way -- drop the bat and run around the bases.  -- Seattle Post-Intelligencer


Bert Blyleven: "I guess you can ask Jose Canseco that question. He did it and I accidentally hit him in the chest area his next time up. There were some words exchanged, all from me basically, saying, 'The next time you hit a home run, run around the darned bases. You think you're so big and strong.' That type of thing.

"Tony La Russa came out and I think we had some words too, in the heat of battle. When you give up a home run, good for them. But don't show me up. When I strike you out, I don't stand there and 'fireball' you or point at you or laugh at you. That's part of the game.''   -- Jerry Crasnick


In the 1980 World Series, the Royals, down 0-2, took game three and were leading game four when Willie MaysAikens committed the cardinal sin of lingering in the batter's box a few seconds too long to savor a home run.

When the next batter, Hal McRae, pumped his fist after a double — another tremendous violation for the way it shows up the other team — the gauntlet was thrown. Enraged Phillies pitcher Dickie Noles retaliated against the Royals best hitter, George Brett, slamming him to the ground with a fastball aimed right at his head. That pitch, and the ensuing screaming match, sapped the Royals' momentum, and helped propel the Phillies toward a series win. -- Larry Getlen  


Traditionally, baseball punishes preening. In a society increasingly tolerant of exhibitionism, it is splendid when a hitter is knocked down because in his last at bat he lingered at the plate to admire his home run.

But it was, Mr. Turbow suggests, proper for the Cardinals' Albert Pujols, after hitting a home run, to flip his bat high in the air to show up Pirates pitcher Oliver Perez, who earlier in the game had waved his arms to celebrate getting Pujols out. -- George Will