As I was watching the baseball playoffs this year, as well as some pro and college football action lately, I have been amazed at the lack of sportsmanship that some athletes have displayed with the eyes of at least hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of fans on them. It is one thing to get excited when you (or your team) does something great, but it is another thing altogether when it turns into taunting the other team.

Take the recent baseball playoff series between the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Guardians. During one of the games, Josh Naylor of the Guardians hit a home run off Gerrit Cole of the Yankees. As Naylor was rounding the bases, he was doing a rocking motion with his arms. We later found out that he was doing this because hitting a home run off Cole meant that he was Cole’s “daddy.”

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