Mark Trumbo was on top of the world Sunday night. At least it felt like it, leaping onto home plate (“four inches” off the ground, he joked) to make his game-winning home run against the Detroit Tigers official. MLB.com posted the above photo on its Twitter account and Trumbo got an unexpected reaction from the Twitterverse.
“Tons of backlash,” he said.
For one thing, he said he wasn’t jumping as high as the camera angle and crouching teammates makes it seem “That image was completely skewed,” he said.
For another, he remembers May 29, 2010. Trumbo’s major-league debut was more than three months away, but he knows all about how Kendrys Morales broke his leg celebrating his walk-off home run in a crowd of teammates that day. No reminder needed. “That’s all fine and good,” he said. “I remember.”
Trumbo was uninjured in his celebration.
That’s a key point for the following Twitterers to remember:
— Andrew Warwick (@smashercrasher9) April 22, 2013
— Ryan Hodell (@rhodie34) April 22, 2013
— Louis Cifelli (@lrccolt4) April 22, 2013
Besides, how else was Trumbo supposed to do it?
“Running straight into” home plate, he said, “it’s kind of lame.”