Rookie Jake Lamb counteracts silent treatment with imaginary high-fives

Few things are guaranteed in life, and even fewer are guaranteed in baseball, but one thing we can always count on is a rookie receiving the silent treatment following his first career home run.

Honestly, it's almost serves as an official welcome to the big leagues. Sure the guys will interact and play catch. Maybe they'll even sit next to a rookie if no other seat is available, but if he's a position player and he doesn't yet have a home run, have they really completely accepted him?

It's an interesting thought, and it might actually be one that Arizona Diamondbacks rookie Jake Lamb has pondered.

The former sixth round pick in the 2012 draft was called to the majors on Aug. 7. Since coming up, he's struggled quite a bit, hitting only .190. More importantly, entering play on Saturday, he'd yet to hit that elusive first home run. That would change, however, as Lamb connected off Andrew Cashner in the second inning of Arizona's 5-2 win over San Diego. As he made that short jog from home plate to the dugout, he clearly knew what was coming, and to his credit was prepared to deal with it in his own unique way.

As Lamb reached the top step, no hands were extended in his direction, so he took it upon himself to forcefully high-five no one in particular. It was just him and the Arizona air sharing in his moment. All the while Kirk Gibson is standing two feet away, possibly pretending like he's managing. Anything to not acknowledge Lamb's existence in that moment. 

Once Lamb got down the steps and made the turn, it was clear he was finally accepted. Well, that or they felt kinda bad for him. Either way, the silent treatment ended and the real celebrating began.

The silent treatment is one of those fun, strange and harmless things that only make sense in baseball. If you're a rookie in the NFL and you sack one of the league's most recognizable quarterbacks, you and your teammates mock him or dance around. If you're a rookie in MLB and you go yard for the first time, you're high-fiving the air.

It's part of the game's undying charm, and we hope that never changes.

Long live, the silent treatment! 

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Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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