I Have Never Seen A Baseball Player More Dedicated To Instigating A Brawl Than Miami's Edgar Michelangeli
Sometimes you just have to give credit where it's due. I am just not sure there is anything quite as impressive as Edgar Michelangelo's dedication to inciting a riot with a gram slam celebration that makes Cam Newton touchdown routine look sheepish. I think he might be the first person whose primary motivation for hitting a 4-run dinger was rubbing the other team's face in it with a performance that was better suited for a drama class than a baseball diamond. There had to be a moment during all the strutting, bat flipping, finger wagging, dancing, and blatant mockery that he said to himself "I hope one of these dudes hits me soon, because I am starting to run out of patently disrespectful acts of showmanship".
I am just glad that Edgar Michelangeli never gave up. He set a goal and he achieved it. The Golden Eagles appeared to want no part of getting into a scuffle, but he was so steadfast in his pompousness that they absolutely had to engage him physically before he two-stepped directly on top of what was left of their pride. He might be a brash, over-the-top dickhead that essentially just threw the entirety of baseball's unwritten rulebook directly into an incinerator, but don't you dare question his ability to handle adversity. From here on out we will associate the unforgettable name of Michelangeli with one word - perseverance. Okay fine, you can probably throw the words 'arrogant', 'obnoxious', and 'insufferable' in there too but don't you dare utter the term 'quitter'.