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HARRIS: Rafael Soriano’s untucked jersey a welcome celebration of job well done
Both closers said they’re fine with hitters celebrating when they do their jobs. If someone wants to untuck his shirt after hitting a game-winner off Soriano, he said he’d be OK with that. Valverde said they can dance around the bases if they want.
“They do their job, they should celebrate,” Valverde said. “You have to enjoy it.”
As the summer progresses and Soriano Fever grows, it would be nice to see and more and more people enjoying it the same way Soriano does.
Thus far, a smattering of Soriano’s teammates including Ian Desmond, Jayson Werth, Adam LaRoche and Denard Span have untucked here and there.
“I like it,” Soriano said. “I think after the game [last Thursday], I see a couple of people do it.”
Maybe one day after a Nats victory, the entire handshake line will be done with untucked shirts. Maybe even Davey Johnson will get in on it.
It could spread to the stands, too, though if you’re at a baseball game with your shirt tucked in you probably have deeper issues than can be solved here. Baseball is a T-shirt (never tucked in), shorts and flip-flops kind of sport. Or jeans and sneaks when the weather is cold. If you do for some reason have a shirt tucked in, untuck.
The job is done.
Soriano has been with three teams now since his Atlanta days. He’s been untucking in Tampa Bay and New York, too. The reaction here, he said, has been positive. “I love this team, I love this city,” he said.
The feeling is growing more mutual with each untucking Soriano earns.
“I think a lot of people get such a wrong idea about Sori,” said third baseman Ryan Zimmerman. “They think he is quiet, maybe a little arrogant. He couldn’t be more different than that. He’s fun. He talks with all of us. He knows the game. [Untucking] is just kind of his thing, it’s just what he does.”
So when will Zimmerman join the party? That elicited a chuckle.
“I’ll do it if he saves the last game of the World Series,” Zimmerman said.
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Washington Times sports editor Mike Harris has more than 30 years experience in the business as a reporter, columnist and manager. He’s covered a wide variety of events including two Olympics, horse racing, auto racing, professional and college sports. E-mail him at email@example.com and follow the section on Twitter @WashTimesSports.
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