Listen. I don’t want to call a bunch of youths playing Little League baseball soft, but that’s the word that immediately comes to mind when I see pitcher delivering a high five to an opposing player who hit a bomb off him. There’s a time and a place for sportsmanship, and it’s after the game — not before the guy reaches home base.
This madness occurred during Wednesday’s New England Regional game between Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
During the bottom of the fifth, Massachusetts’ Evan Blake channeled his inner Franchy Cordero and hit a home run so deep the center fielder didn’t even bother to give it a look. As Blake rounded the bases he received high fives from the third baseman, and then the pitcher in an absurd display:
So to recap. Not only was Rhode Island getting killed out there, at least two players were outwardly giving the guy props. Come on!
Maybe I’m just getting old and cranky. We do live in a world where high school players are winning ESPYS for f—ing hugging it out after a state championship game: