“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, 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?”