Roenicke urges care with ‘beast mode’
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke is happy to see his team having fun, but would prefer players tone down the Monsters of Miller Park act.
In recent weeks, the Brewers have been celebrating big hits by raising both arms in the air, a gesture that Prince Fielder says it began with his kids imitating characters from the animated movie, “Monsters, Inc.” Fielder did it after driving in both of his runs (here and here) in Sunday’s win over the Mets.
Lately, even some routine singles have become cause for celebration. Is Roenicke OK with that? Not really.
But before going to players with a request to tone things down, Roenicke consulted clubhouse veterans Craig Counsell and Mark Kotsay.
“I mentioned some things to them, I mentioned some things to a few guys. I don’t want it to get carried away,” Roenicke said. “Do I like it? Not particularly. But I don’t think that I’m just going to come out and say, ‘Don’t do it again.’ If I see it get worse, and I see it being a problem, then I’ll talk to the guys about it.”
Players insist the gesture is not meant to show up the opposition, and say they are just having fun. The Rangers made similar celebrations popular last season with the “claw” and “antlers” gestures, all the way to the World Series.
“Today’s game is just different,” Roenicke said. “If you want to be ‘old school,’ you’re not going to do real well in this game today unless you’ve been around as long as Tony La Russa or [Bobby] Cox last year. Then it’s a little different, because … they’ve earned the respect that they can make that call. I have not.”
Outfielder Nyjer Morgan referred to the Brewers’ gestures in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as “beast mode,” and understands there is a fine line between having fun and disrespect.
“We don’t want to show up anybody,” Morgan said, “and we don’t want to seem like we’re out there being cocky and don’t respect someone else’s game, or the game in general. If it comes down to that, guys are going to have to turn things down. I think it’s cool.”
“Our personality is different than everybody else’s,” said another “beast,” right fielder Corey Hart. “I think it’s good if other teams don’t like it.”
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