Here’s a Celebration Fail From Marlins Pitcher Chad Qualls (Video)
Sports celebrations are a bit like high school Spanish. You can be pretty okay at it for a while, but when you don’t use it, you lose it.
This is bad news for anyone on the Miami Marlins, an organization that doesn’t offer many opportunities for fist pumps and happy dances. But it’s especially bad news for Chad Qualls. Once one of the more dominant relief pitchers in baseball, the poor guy has spent the last three years bouncing around from Arizona to Tampa to San Diego to Philadelphia to New York to Pittsburgh, and now, finally, to Miami—all the while trying to find the stuff that made him so effective from 2004 to 2009.
Fortunately, the dude has finally found his stuff again in 2013. At the age of 34, Qualls has posted a 2.51 ERA in 43 games with the Marlins.
Unfortunately, his little rough patch has left his celebration skillz a little rusty. So when he struck out the Mets’ Omar Quintanilla to get out of a two-out jam with the game tied in the top of the 8th last night, the subsequent fist pumping didn’t go well:
I’d say “better luck next time,” but this is the Marlins. It could be weeks until Qualls gets another chance to pitch late in a game that his team is not losing.