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How I learned to accept the "Beast Mode"

Posted on: October 8, 2011 6:46 pm
Edited on: October 8, 2011 9:28 pm
 


By C. Trent Rosecrans


MILWAUKEE -- Three times I've started a blog post about how much I dislike the Brewers' "Beast Mode" celebration. I was all set to maybe do it again. But then, Craig Counsell (of all people) turned me around.

I'm not sure I've seen Counsell do the "Beat Mode" (seen above) and I'm not sure I will. It's just not his style. And that's exactly why he convinced me it's OK -- because it's not forced, it's just something the Brewers do as a part of genuine joy. It doesn't matter that the Rangers had their claw and antler first or that the Diamondbacks tried out their silly snake. All of those are OK, or at least according to Counsell.

Counsell refused to call himself "old school" or anything else (although Nyjer Morgan does call him "uncle" because he's older than the rest of the team). He didn't give out labels or talk about playing "the right way" or anything else.

"I think a lot of teams are doing something. The Rangers did it. For me, it's a high-five to the dugout," Counsell said. "It's a high-five, a fist-bump -- from a distance. It's just the dugout giving the guy on the base a high-five. 

"I understand why it's getting attention and you expect it to. I think it's a harmless thing and it's just fun."

He also said it's genuine. The Brewers do this because they enjoy playing together, they cheer for each other and this is the way they show it.

"We have players who like to show their personality, we have players that play better when they show emotion and you don't take that away from them," Counsell said. "I suppose if you want to get really deep, I guess society is leaning toward showing more emotion, but I don't feel I'm old school, new school or anything."

So bring on your "Beast Mode" or your "Cobra' or your "Claw and Antler" -- I don't care. If it's fun for you, it's fun for the crowd, then it's fun. And that's what this is all about, right?

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 12:08 pm
 

How I learned to accept the "Beast Mode"

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Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: October 10, 2011 1:21 pm
 

How I learned to accept the "Beast Mode"

I don't read race into this at all, actually. I read it as a fan, uncomfortable with the showmanship of LeBron and friends, recognizing the sincerity of the emotion the Brewers are playing with. That is not to say that Wade and the Heat... or Football players and their scripted End-Zone celebrations aren't sincere, but it IS a phenomenon that had largely been absent from Baseball until recently. 



Since: May 15, 2011
Posted on: October 10, 2011 10:08 am
 

How I learned to accept the "Beast Mode"

I could care less what they do or how they celebrate.  You can jump on the plate following a walk-off HR and break your leg.   You can do the antler or the bear claw, it makes no difference to me.  I actually enjoy some emotion, especially after watching the Yankees sleep-walk through the playoffs as if they were pushing paper on a desk job.  Emotion is a good thing, but as an opposing player, watching a celebration, would fire me up more.  That's one reason I'm looking forward to Brewers/Cards game #2. 

I recall a few months ago when the Yankees back-up catcher, Francisco Cervelli, hit a HR vs. the Red Sox. When crossing home plate he pumped his fist. Then on his next AB he got drilled.  The media began justifying the plunking because of Cervelli's "excessive celebration" following his HR.  Are you kidding me?

So what's it going to be? 

I hope MLB celebrations do not go the way of NBA and NFL.  There they celebrate like they won the championship in games that they are losing by 30, or games that they are up 2 in the 1st quarter (and then they lose by 30).   That's just pathetic.   But tell the truth, don't you get that feeling many times when watching the NBA and NFL?




Since: Jun 8, 2009
Posted on: October 10, 2011 8:48 am
 

How I learned to accept the "Beast Mode"

I hope they ride the "beast mode" all the way to the World Series.  I was afraid of the cards,  i said a month ago that if they go in they would be the team to beat as they were playing great ball.  On paper I think the cards are the best team in the league.  I mean they had 5 guys batting 300 a few weeks ago.  I really can't see the Crew beating the cards in a 7 game series unless they can win game 2 they have a chance.  As a wisconsin sports fan,  these last couple years are tough to beat.  Pack, badgers and Brewers,  it's been a fun ride.



Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: October 9, 2011 3:02 pm
 

How I learned to accept the "Beast Mode"

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Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: October 9, 2011 12:32 pm
 

How I learned to accept the "Beast Mode"

Really, archmunster?  Dealing hate on a Sunday morning?  And race is the card you're laying down?  What century are  you living in? 



Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: October 9, 2011 12:22 pm
 

How I learned to accept the "Beast Mode"

Why did you, a white guy, require another white guy to calm your nerves and "accept" the beast mode?



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: October 9, 2011 11:49 am
 

How I learned to accept the "Beast Mode"

Well, we're gonna see pretty quickly here how the old school and new school handle things.  The coasts are out of the play-offs, so they're now forced to watch America's heartland teams play...that steady diet of Eastern Seaboard Programming Network and their love affair with all things pinstripe and chowder has to find a new story.  The new kids and beast mode vs. stodgy machine-like over-managed-by-the-pitch Cardinals is not a new story to us here; it's been going on all season to a 9-9 record between the two.  Now the Cards are playing more team ball, and gutting out their injuries, like the Brewers did to start the season.  Bring on 7 games, it's a great game.

Back to the story line, or more-so the responses, it appears it's hate on the new kids and their enthusiasm, and hate on Morgan for standing in during a crucial time in extra innings of an elimination game, delivering a base hit, (um, I'd never want to be in that spot myself...how 'bout you?), and celebrating a little more real than most people can tolerate..."most people" being those who are fans of teams not in or no longer in the playoffs.  We've been there before...if hate and jealousy are the by-products of winning...well I guess bring it.

As a baseball fan, I rooted for the Rangers because they played as a team with their Antler "high-fives" from the base they ended up on, (good clarification from a classy home-grown player like Craig).  As a baseball fan, I appreciated "Cowboy up" from the Sawx...I even enjoyed seeing the "snake bite" from the D-Backs players, 'cause they earned it by getting on base, and making their come-backs all year...I'm a fan of them now too..."America's Pastime"...you can be a homer, and still be a fan of the game, a fan of team play, and a fan of quality play. 

For the record: "Beast Mode" came from Prince Fielder's way of sending love to his two boys at home, using something they would recognize from thier favorite movie "Monster's Inc.".  It started out personal, and became something bigger he was actually embarrassed about.  Oh my!  Us "workingstiff" parents should hate such a display of wanton affection for offspring...right there on national t.v. for all of us to see...MLB and TBS should work to eliminate this scourge of human touch!  Please!  If we knew the full story on how Prince grew up, and how he seems to be making sure it's different for his own...Now there's a story!

Go Crew!



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