"That kind of stuff builds team chemistry, it's an old baseball tradition that goes back to little league. It may look like their being really rough with each other but, it's kind of like when a lioness holds her litter in her mouth (looks worse then it is). "
Tell that to Morales.
"In most cases, we wouldn't hear about it if it does happen. A guy making millions isn't in a rush to admit that he got hurt clowning around. Some of those pile ons get nasty looking."
"Nasty Looking" is the key here, it's not like if the guy being celebrated is really trying to get away when they tackle him. The first guy to reach him wraps his arms around him and he goes down slowly and then they all crowd around and slap each other on the back.
Imagine if we saw how these guys horse around in the hotel pool, or in the locker room? Celebrating after a win is just part of the game. Sure once in a blue moon someone will get hurt but, again that can happen doing just about anything. I think more players get hurt shagging balls in batting practice then they do in victory celebrations.
But that also doesn't mean we should be mad at players if they don't participate.
One of the strongest memories in my mind as a boy came in the 1988 NLCS, after the Dodgers clinched the pennant and started celebrating. I saw Gibby and another injured player (can't remember who) just shake hands rather than join the madness. I know it's different, they were hurt, but it really struck me that they were more focused on their health and winning more games than joining the fun. That indicated to me that they were leaders and focused on the team.