ST. LOUIS — Mike Matheny may have an old school mentality, but the new-school fun of the Los Angeles Dodgers isn’t getting under his skin.
Among the list of things the Blue Crew is known for, their home run celebration has gained attention during the NLDS.
When a Dodger sends one into the bleachers, he’s greeted by a shower of bubbles to go with his high fives and back slaps. It’s something most players from the previous generation would balk at, but Matheny is on the other side of the fence.
“We don’t have a bubble machine. If we did we might use it,” he said. “We spend so much time being pretty guarded and everything being close to the vest. It’s fun to watch guys show some emotion. If it’s with bubbles, it’s with bubbles.”
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The Cardinals have their high five line, and other clubs around the league each have their own celebrations. The Dodgers have a different style than St. Louis, far more free wheeling and unencumbered. Those contrasting personalities have sparked some animosity, but the Cardinal skipper doesn’t blame any bad blood on levity..
“Whatever it takes to have some fun with the game too,” he said Sunday. “I think it’s great for the fans to see these guys are people too, instead of just machines that completely block of emotions and fun. Especially this time of year, you have to enjoy it.”
Both clubs have had a night to enjoy, with the series returning to St. Louis Monday night tied 1-1.