Like many closers,
Fernando Rodney has a signature gesture. When he saves a game, he "shoots an arrow" to the sky, a move that is part Robin Hood, part Usain Bolt.
The problem is recently he has started performing this gesture before completing a save. He did so after finishing up the eighth inning in the All-Star Game and did it again Sunday against the Angels after getting the final out of the eighth.
But he still had three more outs to get and the first three batters in the ninth were
Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton. The Angels rallied to win, and they, not Rodney, were shooting arrows after the game.
With that in mind, here are five closers with signature moves (listed in alphabetical order).
Dennis Eckersley After big strikeouts, the great Eck would wheel his arm and pump his fist. Like Rodney, he ran into an etiquette issue in the 1992 ALCS when he did this after an eighth-inning strikeout, only to give up a homer to Robbie Alomar in the ninth. Ron Vesely/MLB Photos/Getty Images Al Hrabosky The Mad Hungarian would walk toward second, fire up, pound his fist into his glove, stomp to the mound and then fire his next pitch. Not only was it damn entertaining, but if a batter took offense, all he had to do was drive the pitch back at Hrabosky. Focus on Sport/Getty Images Fernando Rodney Timing is SO important. So whatever gesture you make, Fernando, make sure you wait until AFTER completing the save. Not when you still must retire three batters. After all, Pujols doesn't point to the sky until after he homers (or doubles home Trout). John Rieger/USA TODAY Sports Jose Valverde If Rodney offended the Angels, what about Valverde? He would pump his fists, point to the sky or cross his arms. And he would dance, hop around on one foot or bend down deep. He was so good he probably has a second career waiting at the Bolshoi. John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/Getty Images Brian Wilson
When he was the Giants' closer, Wilson would finish up a save by turning around and taking a step back from the mound then crossing his arms. This was both a religious gesture and a nod to mixed martial arts. An interesting mix. Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images