Astros react to Soriano's antics
In case you missed it, Alfonso Soriano hit a walk-off grand slam in the 13th inning Monday and didn’t exactly bring to mind thoughts of Cal Ripken when he rounded the bases.
First, Soriano admired the home run for a few seconds before running, and when he did start running it was right in front of Astros pitcher Chris Sampson as he was coming off the mound. Secondly, Soriano appeared to be point at the Astros dugout on his way to first, but he was pointing to his family sitting next to the dugout.
Finally, Soriano waved his hand in front of his face as he rounded third. That was a strange move that made no sense, but after some further investigation it appears he might have been doing the opposite of Miguel Tejada‘s spotlight routine, waving his hand in front of his face like a magician as if to say, “you can’t see me.”
Whatever the case, most of the Astros players I spoke with prior to Tuesday’s game brushed off Soriano’s antics. A couple of veteran players didn’t have a problem with it, especially since it came on a game-winning home run. Jose Valverde, who himself does plenty of antics on the field, wasn’t about to call the kettle black.
“I do a lot of stuff out there, too, so there’s nothing I can say,” he said.
I can’t imagine Soriano’s routine sat too well, though, with Sampson, who had a front-row seat. Needless to say, it will be interesting to see what happens the next time Sampson faces Soriano.