“Perfectly balanced, as all things should be.” Could that describe the two celebrations that the Brewers now bust out in the dugout after big plays?
Brewers fans have been no stranger to the team doing coordinated celebrations over the last few seasons. In 2018, it was the gauntlet, where every player who hit a homer had to bash forearms with several other players as they returned to the dugout.
You also had Lorenzo Cain’s “show me some love” celebration that other teammates picked up as well when they reached base. And who can forget last year, when Claws Up became a thing last season when former catcher Manny Pina just felt like a tiger and had to let everyone know it?
Well, a new year brought a new team celebration for the Crew. In early May, first base coach Quentin Berry installed a bell in the dugout, which a member of the team would ring when someone would make an impressive play, not just at the plate but sometimes in the field as well.
The bell has even accompanied the team on road trips this season, so the team doesn’t have to worry about halting their celebrations away from home. It’s been a fun sight to see for Brewers fans. But what good is having one team celebration when you could have two instead?!
Recently, Brewers players incorporated another type of “gauntlet” into their big play celebrations.
Last week in the series finale at home against the St. Louis Cardinals, Brewers shortstop Willy Adames hit a go ahead homer in the fifth inning that put the Crew on top for good and ended up earning them a split of the series. In the dugout afterward, fans noticed him wearning a replica Infinity Gauntlet, famous from Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame movies.
After the game, Brewers beat writer for MLB.com Adam McCalvy was able to catch up with Adames to get the story on the new addition to the dugout.
For those that are unfamiliar, the Infinity Gauntlet was worn by the aforementioned movies’ main antagonist, Thanos. It gave him the power to destroy huge portions of civilization with just the snap of his fingers.
For the Brewers, it has been used to celebrate a teammate who just pulled off a massive feat of strength. As such, first baseman Rowdy Tellez has unsurprisingly been one player who’s gotten to wield the gauntlet more than once.
Celebrating plays with things like the bell and the Infinity Gauntlet just shows once more why fans fall in love with a team like the Brewers. The atmosphere in the dugout always seems to be one where players are allowed to have fun and enjoy themselves, and that attitude definitely gets noticed by the fans.
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Who knows what other props the Brewers might introduce into the dugout for their celebrations? Though, two seems bring pretty good balance to me.