In case you missed it, the Tigers beat the Yankees 6-3 this afternoon. Their clownish closer, Jose Valverde (who is known for his clownish antics after every out), came on in the ninth holding a 6-2 lead, which isn’t a save situation! The Yankees got one run off Valverde, but the arrogant closer struck out Nick Swisher to end the game and began pounding on his chest like Tarzan. Here’s the link to the video:

Jose Valverde Being A Clown

Valverde...Signaling A Plane??

Now a few points:

1. I love showboating. Showboating is a staple of sports and I was always a classic case of showboating when I played sports. However, I could always back it up and my teams were always stacked so we all showboated. However, I was never dumb enough to showboat when our record was 15-17.

2. The oldĀ adageĀ is: If you don’t want to see it, don’t let them beat you. Point well taken. The Yankees played an overall horrible series against the Tigers. In a weird, sick way, they deserved to see Tarzan recreated on the mound today.

3. Joba does it. He does, but he’s never done this garbage in May. During the dog days of summer, Joba will do a crazy fist pump when he gets that Youkilis guy out in a jam in the seventh inning. But there’s a time and place for everything.

If this guy needs to get himself pumped up for a May series against the Bombers, so be it. Valverde was 2-4 with a 3.11 ERA and 25 saves last year, so the chest beating wasn’t as frequent last season. Get it all out now before you are sitting on the couch in October.