NBC and MLB Network analyst Bob Costas joined the show to talk about Goose Gossage’s remarks on players celebrating too much in baseball.
“I don’t have much of a problem with it,” Costas said of Jose Bautista’s infamous bat flip. But he has a problem with celebrations that are “all about me.”
Costas thinks Bryce Harper is good for the game. “Mike Trout is a tremendous player to watch,” Costas said. “But there’s a certain quality that’s hard to describe that Bryce Harper has that separates him. Doesn’t make him better. There’s something a little bit more compelling. A little element of danger.”
Bob Costas argues reasonable people can distinguish appropriate celebrations. “Personality isn’t always measured in decibel levels,” Costas said. “There’s a different between flair and good natured celebrating … and situations that are just flat out obnoxious because of the circumstances when you know it’s all about me, not about the team, and I think that rubs some people the wrong way.
Costas said that the storyline that baseball is suffering is overstated. “By every measure, baseball has never been more popular,” Costas said.