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Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Hey MLB: Act like you've been there before!

By Art Garfamudis
Special to ESPN.com

Had a few tugs on the jug last night and drifted off.

When I came to, the Rays were on my TV screen, whooping it up like a pack of nutcases.

How long had I been out? Was it October already? Did Tampa Bay just clinch the pennant?

Then I remembered that’s how all teams act these days after a walk-off win. Used to be you’d save your huge dog-heap celebrations for something really big.

Nowadays, teams go ape-crap over every walk-off.
(These photos are just from the past two weeks alone.)

Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays win the pennant! ... The Rays win the pennant! And they're going crazy!
Mets Pile
The Mets win the pennant! ... The Mets win the pennant! And they're going crazy!
Oakland Athletics
The A's win the pennant! ... The A's win the pennant! And they're going crazy!
Alfonso Soriano
The Cubs win the pennant! ... The Cubs win the pennant! And they're going crazy!
Nyjer Morgan
The Brewers win the pennant! ... The Brewers win the pennant! And they're going crazy!
San Francisco Giants
The Giants win the pennant! ... The Giants win the pennant! And they're going crazy!


Somewhere along the way, ballplayers lost their sense of perspective. Now maybe it’s because I hate seeing other people enjoying themselves, but I think they all need to tone it down. It’s a long season, fellas; save it for when you really reach the mountaintop.