Whoa - Joe Maddon on Willson Contreras's Double Strut: "Horrible ... The Whole Team Didn't Like It"

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Whoa – Joe Maddon on Willson Contreras’s Double Strut: “Horrible … The Whole Team Didn’t Like It”

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I am an unapologetic endorser and enthusiast of enjoying your work when you wreck a ball. Hitting homers is very hard, and it’s fun to see guys show off a bit when the do something great.

… but you better be sure.

Because if you think you crush one, and instead it goes off the wall – even when factoring in the wind at Wrigley – it’s going to look very, very bad if you do what Willson Contreras did today:

You have to do something rather thoughtless to get me riled up on this kind of thing, and I’ll admit: I did not like this moment from Contreras one bit. I get that he hasn’t been hitting for power this year, and probably had a surge of “oh thank God finally” going through him, but that is EXTREME pimping. To justify that strut, you better have hit the ball 450 feet.

Contreras did hit the ball very well – 108.2 mph, 416 feet – but, clearly, it wasn’t an obvious homer. So … yeah, that was very bad.

Joe Maddon agreed in the harshest terms you’ll see from him:

Contreras spoke with the media after the game and conceded his own embarrassment:

Let’s hope, at a minimum, Contreras continues hitting the ball hard. Most days, that *is* a homer, and maybe the strut doesn’t look so bad …

(Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)


Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.