Pink backpacks full of chewing tobacco? The MLB’s fine with that, apparently. But a kid-friendly bubble machine? That kind of contraband is banned! GET IT OUT OF HERE!
That’s reportedly what MLB executive vice president Joe Torre told the Los Angeles Dodgers this week, according to the Los Angeles Times. The team keeps a toy bubble maker in its dugout, which it uses to waft out the soapy orbs whenever a Dodgers player hits a home run. Or at least they did until Tuesday. The LA Times writes:
When Juan Uribe hit a home run in the second inning, the Dodger Stadium video board flashed an image with the words “Bubble Machine.”
As Uribe trotted around the bases, the players gathered for the dugout celebration. Uribe danced with Hanley Ramirez, but the bubble machine was conspicuous in its absence.
“My initial thought was, somebody forgot,” catcher A.J. Ellis said.
“I thought the batteries were out,” outfielder Andre Ethier said, “or we ran out of bubble solution.”
When the bubble machine came back on Wednesday after its one-day suspension, things seemed even more confusing. Did the MLB have a change or heart?And if so, why? And what was the problem with the bubbles in the first place?
Neither Dodgers management nor the MLB would talk with the L.A. Times, but the players did and they’re as confused as the fans. Seasoned veteran Andre Ethier told the L.A. Times:
“We’re just having a good time with it. If it’s not hurting anyone, other than bubble soap getting in someone’s eyes, it shouldn’t be a big deal.”
Well, it shouldn’t be a big deal unless an MLB official suffers from ebulliophobia, aka the fear of bubbles. Maybe that’s the case….
Because certainly, the temporary ban does not have to do with somehow attempting to squash excessive celebration. Surely, a few bubbles are nothing compared to the Miami Marlins’ home run celebration sculpture…
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 29, 2014