There’s been plenty of discussions across baseball about players showboating and celebrating on the field this year. League veterans and older baseball fans feel there’s no place for it. However, the up-and-coming generation of players believe that playing the game with emotion is beneficial for a league that’s losing fans fasters than it’s gaining them.
Count Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw as part of the old guard.
Kershaw provided his stance on showboating during a brief interview with AM570’s David Vassegh this week.
“I think guys expressing their personality is great. I’m all for that. But I just think there’s a line we don’t need to cross. Celebrating, things like that. It’s not even showing up the other team, I think that you’re bringing attention to yourself. This game is not a one man game.”
He continued by mentioned three specific players who, in Kershaw’s opinion, play the game the right way.
“It’s the guys who play like they’ve done it before and they’ve always done it. Like the Chris Taylors of the world, the Mike Trouts of the world. The Justin Uptons of the world. These guys that just go about it and you go watch them play because they play really well.”
Notably, he feels like those are the type of players he would prefer his young son Charley learning the game from.
Kershaw on Talent, Not Theatrics, Coming First
As one of the best to ever do it and a 14-year veteran, Kershaw asserted that talent and performance should be paramount, not celebrating.
“I don’t want it to be a theatrical thing, I don’t want it to be an entertainment thing, I want people [fans] to come because guys are really good at what they do and they do it the right way.”
Sensing his rigid viewpoint might not be well received in some circles, Kershaw offered an olive branch.
“It’s one man’s opinion.”
Finally, Kershaw reiterated that the youth movement is “great” for baseball. He would just prefer that everyone played the game like a professional.