James Karinchak's reaction to striking out Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton was ghastly
By Adam Weinrib
At the end of a hectic eighth inning against the Yankees, Guardians reliever James Karinchak decided to celebrate Cleveland's legacy as the home of rock and roll by acting possessed by the demon of Elvis.
Was a celebration warranted? Sure; Karinchak, even after being hit with an automatic ball, managed to work around a leadoff triple (due to Myles Straw's malfeasance) and strand the tying run. He ran through Aaron Judge (check swing pop) before striking out Anthony Rizzo and Giancarlo Stanton.
Still, though, his celebration would've made Terrell Owens blush. Too "me first". He would never.
Maybe Karinchak was gesticulating so wildly because he had sticky stuff all over his hands and was trying to get it off? Worth pondering, because otherwise this seemed a bit excessive for April 10.
Yankees watched Guardians reliever James Karinchak go absolutely crazy after erasing jam
The only spin rate higher than Karinchak's here will be the speed at which Cleveland fans/Yankees haters try to spin this into being cool, actually, instead of ghoulish. Come on.
Letting the Kids Play is good. Some of the Yankees' mannerisms are outdated. That said ... OK, man. This was embarrassing.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Yankees reliever Ian Hamilton allowed a booming double to Mike Zunino to put runners on second and third with one out. Yankees enemy Myles Straw was at the plate. The game was in danger of getting out of hand. Somehow, Hamilton recovered to whiff Straw, then defused the threat with a soft grounder to first.
What'd he do? Tear off his shirt, spit foam, chuck a shoe at a Guardians fan in the first row? Nope. Just walked off the mound, stone-cold terrifying.
Not saying one is right and one is wrong, but Karinchak's intepretation of the unwritten rules was definitely wrong.
No part of this game will go in the highlight reel for the Yankees, especially after Straw dove after Gleyber Torres' liner and pantsed himself before getting immediately let off the hook. This was a brutal way to snap a winning streak.
Unfortunately, Karinchak got the last laugh, and won't be reading any critiques of his celebration. He'll go on thinking his behavior was the dopest. That's the stickiest situation of all.