Al Alburquerque picked up the win in Detroit’s dramatic 5-4 victory Sunday — Alburquerque came out of the bullpen to retire Oakland slugger Yoenis Cespedes on a ground ball back to the mound, stranding runners on first and third.
Apparently, though, the A’s aren’t all that impressed with how Alburquerque handled himself during that big moment. USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reported that Oakland, and particularly outfielder Josh Reddick, were incensed that Alburquerque kissed the baseball before flipping it to Prince Fielder for the key out.
Reddick and #Athletics infuriated w Alburquerque kissing ball
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) October 7, 2012
Fox Sports Detroit’s Dave Hogg added this from Reddick:
“We didn’t appreciate that. I thought it was immature and not very professional. You don’t do that on the field.” – Reddick on the kiss.
— Dave Hogg (@Stareagle) October 7, 2012
Considering both Oakland and Detroit feature closers that put on a pretty big production while they’re on the mound, it’s hard to view Reddick’s words as anything more than complaining for the sake of complaining. But Alburquerque’s play definitely is not something you see every day.
A GIF of the kiss, via @WorldofIsaac on Twitter:
So, what’s your opinion? Was Alburquerque’s “kiss” a fun moment in a very tense situation? Or was it unprofessional?