Ranking Closer Celebrations – Aroldis Chapman’s Cuban Missilesault?
If you haven’t seen Aroldis Chapman’s somersaults from Tuesday night, I’m Evan and this is planet Earth…thanks for joining us. Needless to say, this was an interesting way to celebrate a save and the Brewers probably weren’t very pleased with it…their broadcasters certainly weren’t.
Is this the best victory celebration that a closer has ever done? It was pretty ridiculous and he wasn’t doing some kind of strange dance like Jose Valverde seems to do with each save…or pitch. It was no 100-mph thrown ball into the crowd like Rob Dibble did in the early 1990′s in Cincinnati. Baseball can use some clown antics, just don’t go ask Bryce Harper any questions about clowns, though.
Below, you’ll find some amazing GIF’s from SB Nation’s Jeff Sullivan. See where Chapman fits in or where he creates a new storm of creative antics among closers in baseball. If I had to rank Chapman, it would be a little less absurd than Valverde, but the most outlandish besides that. More