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Comparing MLB Celebrations To The NHL

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

In the spring of 2002, back in the day when mastodons roamed the earth and the Toronto Maple Leafs were good, Alex Mogilny sat dumbfounded at his stall in the Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs had just defeated the Ottawa Senators in Game 7 of the second round of the playoffs, again, to advance to the Eastern Conference final.

As bedlam surrounded him, Mogilny wondered aloud, with a genuine look of bewilderment on his face, “Why is everyone so excited? We’ve only made it halfway through the playoffs.” You had to forgive Mogilny. It was the end of his first season in Toronto and he wasn’t accustomed to people getting so excited after watching their team almost come close to just about winning something.


I couldn’t help but remember Mogilny’s astonishment as I watched this week when teams clinched their respective divisions in Major League Baseball. In what was part celebration, part endorsement for Budweiser, team after team showered each other with champagne and beer to celebrate the fact they’d accomplished the NHL equivalent of winning one round of the playoffs.

And that’s exactly what they did. By winning their divisions, teams guaranteed themselves a spot in the top eight of 30 teams. By clinching a wildcard berth, two teams guaranteed themselves a one-game playoff to win the right to join that group. That’s all. But there they were, dousing each other in booze and whooping it up as though they’d just won a championship, which they did not. Hockey players around the world must be laughing at these guys.

Let’s contrast those celebrations with hockey. In the NHL, you win one round of the playoffs and it means you’ve survived to play another day and allow your playoff beard at least another couple of weeks of growth. That’s about it....


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Nathan's avatar

This is so stupid. It is much harder to make the playoffs in MLB. Making the playoffs after 162 freaking games means that over the long haul you truly proved how good you were. Also, most of these guys are used to a setup where they had to be one of the 4 best teams in the league, so the newer wild card format probably hasn’t sunk in.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 10/02/15 at 08:51 PM ET

Steeb's avatar

In MLB they celebrate a walk-off win in June like it was Victory in Europe Day and Hitler has finally been defeated. Players have been freaking injured by teammates jumping on him in this scripted melee, which is 100% sponsored by Budweiser “beer”, who owns the rights to the phrase “walk off”.

Posted by Steeb on 10/02/15 at 11:37 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Jason Arnott got a concussion celebrating a goal in a first-round playoff series that his team ended up losing.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 10/03/15 at 09:57 AM ET

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