There were some in the Atlanta media who questioned the Atlanta Braves celebration after they clinched a playoff berth on Tuesday. They questioned whether a team should celebrate a chance to play one game, but Chipper Jones put them in their place:
"If our season ends on October 5, we got to celebrate and that’s something these guys haven’t gotten to do," Jones said of his younger teammates. "Why take it away from us? Every time we advance, you know what? We’re going to celebrate whether you like it or not, whether it’s apropos or not, we’ve earned it. And quite frankly we can afford to pop a top on some champagne bottles and some beer cans if we want to."
Now it seems that a player on another team has questioned the celebration. That player is former Braves prospect Adam Wainwright, now playing for the team Atlanta is likely to meet in the one-game Wild Card playoff, the St. Louis Cardinals. Here is what Wainwright said about whether or not the Cards would celebrate their clinching of a Wild Card berth:
"No disrespect to what they did, but I think we're going to save the big pop for after we beat Atlanta," said pitcher and ex-Brave Adam Wainwright.
That sounds like Braves clubhouse bulletin board motivational material to me. And did you see the "Ricky Bobby" that Wainwright pulled there?
For his part, when asked to respond to Wainwright's comment, Chipper sounded like the calm seasoned veteran that he is:
"No. I don’t know how to react to that. They’re the defending world champions, and those guys have been through it before. All of our guys haven’t. So each team is going to celebrate differently. When we won 14 straight it was no big deal to whoop everybody’s tail and then come back in here and not celebrate. We had our eyes on the prize at the end.
"There’s nothing that says, no unwritten rule, no law that states that we can’t celebrate when we clinch a playoff spot. So to each his own. No biggie."
Let's hope the Braves can pull off some "Shake and Bake" next Friday.