If you happened to miss Game 2 of the NLDS between the Dodgers and Padres, you really missed out. Not only was it one of the most dramatic games of the postseason, but there were plenty of dramatics that went along with it.
Brusdar Graterol drew the ire of the Padres bench in the 7th inning following a dramatic home run robbery. The Dodgers were up just 1 run when Fernando Tatis Jr crushed a ball to dead center that Cody Bellinger pulled back into the park. Graterol could not contain his excitement as he whipped his had and glove towards the LA dugout in celebration. That’s when Manny Machado started to go off.
After the game, several Dodgers coaches and players talked about that inning. Not surprisingly, not one of them felt that Brusdar had overreacted in his excitement.
I honestly don’t know what happened, I don’t know what Brusdar Graterol did but it’s a big play in a postseason game, so I got Graterol’s back. – Cody Bellinger
Interestingly enough, the Dodgers weren’t the only ones who felt like there was nothing wrong with Graterol’s reaction. The Padres Eric Hosmer talked about the rising tensions in the game afterward. He felt that whether it be Manny Machado’s bat flip or Brusdar’s glove toss, it’s all part of the game.
Eric Hosmer was asked if Brusdar Graterol crossed the line with his reaction after Cody Bellinger's catch: pic.twitter.com/7w781Rx9ED
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As far as Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is concerned, the matter should be over after tonight’s win. He also didn’t necessarily say whether or not he felt that Graterol’s reaction was appropriate or not. Roberts, if you remember, was the guy that took exception to Trent Grisham’s home run celebration back in September.
Obviously, it’s a big play. And we all know that Brusdar is very emotional and he just kind of caught up in the moment and was really celebrating Cody’s play. And I think that Manny took exception to it and that was it, but I think it’s over. -Dave Roberts
Mookie Betts was one of the Dodgers players out on the field telling Machado to get back to his dugout. He talked about it after the game as well, and he also took the side of Brusdar Graterol. In short, if Machado gets to celebrate his home run, then Brusdar should get to celebrate the out.
I just feel like when he hit his homerun he threw the bat and this that and the other. And we take one away, we can celebrate too. So there’s gotta be two sides to it that is just what I would say.
Dodgers fans certainly felt as though Graterol was warranted in his electric celebration. They took to Twitter all night to fight with Padres fans and MLB fans in general about the issue. What do you think?