Big League Stew tried to ban the hip bump three years ago. Three years later, against reason, it persists across sports with balls played by men who enjoy leaping in the air to touch heines in celebration.
Exceptions to this obnoxiousness are O’s outfielders Adam Jones, Felix Pie and Nolan Reimold, who have finally stopped hip bumping and started hugging. According to Jones via Camden Chat:
It turns out that when the outfielders did their jump and bump, Adam Jones’ foot frequently came down on Pie’s foot. And as Adam said, “I weigh 220. That’ll hurt anyone.” In an effort to keep that from happening, Felix decided that a group hug was just as effective a game ending technique, and one that wouldn’t result in his foot getting stomped.
In related news, I love Felix Pie.
I think we all do.