Phillies manager Joe Girardi talks home run hat celebration when team is struggling

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Celebrating home runs when things are going bad? What does Girardi think? originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

Several teams around baseball have begun celebrating home runs with props.

The San Diego Padres drape a large, gaudy pendant around the home run hitter’s neck.

The Boston Red Sox give their man a ride up and down the dugout in a laundry cart.

The Phillies have a home run hat, a sombrero that the slugger dons after he rounds the bases and gets back to the dugout.

It’s all good fun and it makes for good TV.

But is it always proper? 

That was the question manager Joe Girardi was asked Thursday, a day after Bryce Harper homered in the seventh inning of an ugly, 11-6 loss to the Miami Marlins. The Phils blew a 5-2 lead in that game. Harper’s homer, his second of the game, came with the Phillies down, 10-5. Teammates placed the hat on his head when he got back to the dugout.

Was it bad form for the dugout to be so giddy when the team was trailing and on its way to its 10th loss in a 15-game stretch?

Girardi said no.

“I think in this game you try to stay even keel and be the same no matter what every day because there is so much failure in this game,” he said. “It doesn’t bother me. People could look at it the other way, [like] it’s an energizer, it gets people going. Everyone can look at it different. It probably depends on your thoughts on things in life but I don’t have a problem with it.”

Party on, boys.

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