Major League Baseball tells Dodgers to put the kibosh on bubble machine
Major League Baseball apparently has everything under control and believes there no other pressing issues regarding the integrity or quality of the game as the league has set its sights on the Los Angeles Dodgers, more specifically the team’s use of a bubble machine in the dugout.
In fact, the powers that be are attempting to burst the Dodgers’ bubble, literally. Kind of.
The Dodgers frequently employ the bubble machine to celebrate positive events on the field, specifically home runs. It’s a harmless bit of tomfoolery, but the MLB has had enough with these kind of shenanigans from the Dodgers and reportedly has told the team to cease and desist from the use of bubble-blowing contraptions in the dugout.
The Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shaikin reports that “[b]efore Tuesday’s game against the Angels at Dodger Stadium, Joe Torre, Major League Baseball executive vice president, advised the Dodgers to stop using the machine.”
Even though the bubble machine allegedly was shut down for Tuesday’s game, the bubble machine was fully operational on Wednesday, in the visiting team’s dugout at Angel Stadium.
When Matt Kemp hit a round-tripper in the second inning, the bubbles were back, baby.
It is unclear whether the Dodgers were brazenly defying the MLB’s direct order of if something was worked out between the league and the team. Either way, Dodgers players seemed pretty bummed-out about the prospect of losing their bubble-blowing party machine.
“We don’t disrespect anybody,” infielder Dee Gordon said. “We just have fun with our team.”
Dodgers catch A.J. Ellis echoed Gordon’s sentiments.
“No one has ever mentioned the bubbles,” Ellis said. “Everybody has their own way to celebrate a home run. Ours includes a prop. So does Milwaukee, a guy sliding down a slide. So does New York, with a big apple popping up in center field. So many teams are firing off fireworks.
“It’s fun for the fans. It’s a little innocent thing. This game is serious enough as it is. We get criticized enough for being stoic.”
Veteran Andre Ethier doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about.
“We’re just having a good time with it,” he said. “If it’s not hurting anyone, other than bubble soap getting in someone’s eyes, it shouldn’t be a big deal.”
Here are some samples of the bubble machine being used by the Dodgers.
It doesn’t seem to be too much of a distraction. And if other teams aren’t complaining about it — something that has yet to be reported if that is the case — then what’s the big deal?