On the way from 9.5 games back in the division to currently 2.5 games ahead in the National League West, the Los Angeles Dodgers began to have some fun in the dugout that seemed to correlate with winning or vice versa.
When the Dodgers get a big home run or a key play, a bubble machine has been saying spitting bubbles into the dugout as the players dance around. Dee Gordon broke down the origin of the “foam party” last week.
According to Ryan Walton of the Valley Bay News, the Dodgers may no longer be bubbly following big blasts:
Word on the street is that the Dodgers bubble machine has been shut down by MLB.
— Ryan Walton (@RyanWaltonVBN) August 6, 2014
One would wonder what could possibly be wrong with a bubble machine in the dugout and the details may be revealed later if the MLB is serious. Even Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully has caught on to the phenomenon, awaiting the bubbles in the dugout after every long ball.
Every team finds their own way of celebrating big moments and it seemed as if the Dodgers had found theirs, something completely different than any other team. The dugout hijinks may now have to come in other forms for the defending NL West champs. Earlier this season, the Dodgers were reprimanded by fire officials after performing a “hot foot” prank on outfielder Scott Van Slyke. Last season, the dugout became a circus during the 42-8 streak that even included a banana being fed to Juan Uribe.
Whether the bubbles are banned should not deter the Dodgers from repeating as division champions and heading into the postseason.
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