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How I learned to accept the "Beast Mode"

Posted on: October 8, 2011 6:46 pm
Edited on: October 8, 2011 9:28 pm

By C. Trent Rosecrans

MILWAUKEE -- Three times I've started a blog post about how much I dislike the Brewers' "Beast Mode" celebration. I was all set to maybe do it again. But then, Craig Counsell (of all people) turned me around.

I'm not sure I've seen Counsell do the "Beat Mode" (seen above) and I'm not sure I will. It's just not his style. And that's exactly why he convinced me it's OK -- because it's not forced, it's just something the Brewers do as a part of genuine joy. It doesn't matter that the Rangers had their claw and antler first or that the Diamondbacks tried out their silly snake. All of those are OK, or at least according to Counsell.

Counsell refused to call himself "old school" or anything else (although Nyjer Morgan does call him "uncle" because he's older than the rest of the team). He didn't give out labels or talk about playing "the right way" or anything else.

"I think a lot of teams are doing something. The Rangers did it. For me, it's a high-five to the dugout," Counsell said. "It's a high-five, a fist-bump -- from a distance. It's just the dugout giving the guy on the base a high-five. 

"I understand why it's getting attention and you expect it to. I think it's a harmless thing and it's just fun."

He also said it's genuine. The Brewers do this because they enjoy playing together, they cheer for each other and this is the way they show it.

"We have players who like to show their personality, we have players that play better when they show emotion and you don't take that away from them," Counsell said. "I suppose if you want to get really deep, I guess society is leaning toward showing more emotion, but I don't feel I'm old school, new school or anything."

So bring on your "Beast Mode" or your "Cobra' or your "Claw and Antler" -- I don't care. If it's fun for you, it's fun for the crowd, then it's fun. And that's what this is all about, right?

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Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: October 9, 2011 10:19 am

How I learned to accept the "Beast Mode"

How someone could say don't show your emotion is laughable. Just because these guys get paid doesn't mean they are any different than me and my guys who play softball on Wednesday night for free. Wessside you are an outright liar if you say you wouldn't take the money these guys get if someone was willing to give it to you to play a game. I will agree they get paid too much and that is because someone is willing to pay that. These little gestures are at least better than the end zone celebrations choreographed in football. I also don't understand how they are rubbing anything in. I must be missing the hidden sign in the gesture. Without trying to sound biased because I am from Milwaukee, it is fun to watch them play with spirit and enthusiasm as opposed to playing like machines. If you want that then maybe you just need to stick to video game baseball. In a city that hasn't seen a winning team all to often it is a welcome change from "going thru the motions" in September because we are out of the playoff chase in August. I can understand if you don't like it but you should at least give a more compelling argument as to why it should be abandoned.

Since: May 1, 2007
Posted on: October 9, 2011 9:55 am

How I learned to accept the "Beast Mode"

Someone is angry the Giants didnt make the playoffs.  

Baseball, as all other sports, is a game to played for the love of the game.  How you express your love of the game...well, thats different for everyone and "beast mode" is just how the Brewers do it. 

Is it harming you in anyway?  No.  Is it detracting from the game?  No.  Its a 2 second celebration.  It would be like saying we have to outlaw high fiving and cheering. 

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: October 9, 2011 2:51 am

How I learned to accept the "Beast Mode"

You mentioned one tiny little word in your rant that makes your entire argument moot. Game. It's a GAME.

Since: Oct 17, 2010
Posted on: October 9, 2011 2:46 am

How I learned to accept the "Beast Mode"

The "Beast Mode" thing sucks. I don't hate the Brewers but this all I need to see to wish their elimination from the playoffs. Emotion? Leave it at home. You're professional ball players. We dont watch you guys to get warm fuzzies about your buddy buddy love for each other. You're already overpaid athletes. Don't rub it in to the rest of workingstiff™ America how you're being overpaid to play a damn game that, win or lose, the paycheck goes in all the same every Thursday.

Beast Mode™.........lose it.
It's even more lame than the Antler-Mode™ thing the Rangers do. 

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