After the first hit of career, Tampa Bay Rays’ infielder Richie Shaffer celebrated … alone.
In one of the more amusing scenes of the season, Shaffer had just returned to the dugout after hitting a home run in the seventh inning of an 11-3 victory over the White Sox. As he descended the steps, however, he saw that his teammates were doing the old “silent treatment” on him and, instead of congratulating him, were in a huddle in the middle of the dugout ignoring him.
Shaffer, grinning widely, began to high-five imaginary opponents and even acted as if he was embracing one. As he passed his teammates, however, they pulled him into the huddle and the players began to hop in their celebration.
There haven’t been enough celebrations for the Rays this year. In his second major league game, Shaffer provided one.