Even his own manager thought Aroldis Chapman’s post-save celebration was a little over the top.
“I talked to Bronson [Arroyo] on the way in [to the locker room] and he said, ‘You didn't see that?’ ” Baker said. “I turned to the guys and said, ‘Way to go.’ The next thing I looked on the board and saw [Chapman] rolling around.
“That's something Bryan [Price, Cincinnati's pitching coach] has addressed. I know [Chapman] was happy, especially after the bad week he had last week [giving up a run in five of seven appearances], but that's something — we don't play like that.”
Chapman’s glee was understandable and not just because he’d been in a slump and earned a save. Arroyo, who had taken a no-hitter into the eighth and gave up three runs. He was replaced by Sean Marshall, who earned the win.
Chapman, who is in his third season with the Reds, declined to talk about his gymnastics display, saying through a Reds official that he was not “mentally ready” to take questions. Last month, he was arrested for driving 93 miles per hour on a suspended license.
While displays of personality in baseball are refreshing, the double somersault was odd. As Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman put it: “Where in the world did that come from?”