After losing star first baseman Kendry Morales to a broken leg as a result of a rowdy celebration at homeplate following his walkoff grand slam Saturday, the Angels vowed to change their ways. Manager Mike Scioscia said, “It’s going to change the way we celebrate.” Pitcher Jered Weaver shared the sentiment, “Obviously, we’re going to have to change the way we go about celebrating something like that.” As hard as it is to contain raw emotion and pure joy in moments of success, one had to wonder if curbing their celebrations was realistic. Well, 24 hours later the Angels were tested and proved they were committed to making a change.
Second baseman Howie Kendrick homered twice to beat the Mariners 9-7, including a game-winning walkoff 3-run home run in the bottom of the 9th. When he reached homeplate, there wasn’t the typical mob scene we’re used to seeing but rather a group of teammates ready to hug him once he was done making the round trip. They definitely congratulated Howie and got into it, but things weren’t as wild, crazy, and physical as usual. And you know what? The moment wasn’t any less exciting. Hopefully the Angels will keep winning games and nobody will be hurt during the celebrations. Maybe other teams will follow their lead to avoid having players land on the infamous list.
Morales breaks leg celebrating slam [Orange County Register]
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