Of Yankee closer Rafael Soriano’s curious habit of untucking his jersey after vanquishing opponents, Radical Baseball’s Keneth Martinale humbly suggests that George Steinbrenner — a staunch opponent of such flamboyance — “must be turning over in his grave”. But enough about the good things surrounding Soriano’s display (link swiped from Repoz and Baseball Think Factory)
What the heck is this shirt pulling about? Did Soriano do this in Tampa when he saved 45 games in 2010? Thankfully, Soriano saved only two games in 2011 but he finished six others. That must have been eight times that he pulled his stunt, yet apparently he was not admonished. Maybe nobody wanted any trouble with a marginal pitcher who had no such opportunities in the five Yankee playoff games in 2011. After all, the Yankees had the immortal, indestructible Mariano Rivera, the greatest closer of all time, for all that’s worth, which obviously is not very much as the Yankees have gotten along quite well without Rivera since his season ending injury May 3, 2012 before the Yankees lost 4-3 in Kansas City. Rivera’s last appearance was a save on April 30 2012.
In 2012 Soriano has finished 21 Yankee games, saving 17. Are we Yankee fans to be subjected to this clown pulling his shirt of of his pants immediately after each Yankee win that he finishes? What does this act signify? Do other players on other teams do this? What am I missing? Or is Rafael Soriano simply a slob?