The 2014 Los Angeles Dodgers have become known for more than being in first place in the National League West because of their celebration following home runs and big moments.
A bubble machine has become the new fan favorite in the dugout since the team began using it and dancing in the dugout when a player hits one over the wall. It was rumored that MLB had asked the Dodgers to stop the use of the machine; however, the team brought it back after missing one game.
According to Bill Plunkett of the OC Register, manager Don Mattingly has his reservations about the bubbles:
Does that thing bother me? No, it doesn’t bother me,” Mattingly said. “I’m not saying I like it. But other teams are allowed to ride a stick horse down their dugout. Ours is no different. Really – Tampa rides a stick horse down the dugout. What’s the difference?
“Everybody’s got something.”
Mattingly is right in that most teams have developed their own way of celebrating in the dugout and the bubbles have become synonymous with the Dodgers.
The Dodger manager also said that the bubbles are here to stay:
There are many powers above me,” Mattingly said. “They say the bubble machine stays, the powers above, then the bubble machine stays.”
It hasn’t been long since Mattingly was a player in the big leagues, but the times have changed as celebrations and antics have become more of a norm. Bat-flips, dancing and group celebrations have become more and more accepted in the sport.
One reason Mattingly may not want to get rid of the bubbles is the team’s success since it appeared. The Dodgers were struggling early in the season and have erased a 9.5 game deficit in the NL West to lead by 3.5 games currently. He can only hope the bubbles continue into October.
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