One thing has been very clear the last couple years, and that’s that along with winning, the Los Angeles Dodgers like to have fun. Whether it be bubble machines in the dugout, making fun of Juan Uribe in the clubhouse, or Spring Training ping-pong tournaments.
Utility man Justin Turner and Adrian Gonzalez began their own celebration last season in which the pair imitates taking a selfie following a home run.
While they started the celebration last year, it’s caught more eyes this season with the bubble machine nowhere to be see. Turner went on MLB Network’s Intentional Talk and talked about the celebration and how it originated:
I think that selfie song came on in the clubhouse and we were kind of laughing and joking around and Gonzo was like ‘hey man we should start taking a selfie after homers’ and then we incorporated it into our pregame handshake and I guess its kind of been a hit ever since.”
The selfie celebration appears to be leading to success, as both Turner and Gonzalez are swinging hot bats. Gonzalez is leading the team with a .376 batting average and nine home runs. Turner is third on the team, batting .327, and he has homered in three of the last four games he’s started.
While the Dodgers are having a lot of fun, all-star outfielder Yasiel Puig recently announced that he is going to limits his bat flips, as he does not want to disrespect the game of baseball. Turner also mentioned on Intentional Talk that he and Gonzalez are not celebrating with an actual selfie stick for the same reason.
The amount of fun they are having doesn’t appear to be affecting the team’s play on the field, as their 18-10 record is good enough for a 3.5 game lead on the San Diego Padres in the NL West.
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