Boston Red Sox outfielders have started a trend of capping off each victory with a choreographed routine, but which player has the best dance moves?
Win, dance, repeat. It’s become the mantra of the 2016 Boston Red Sox, one that fans have become quite accustomed to during the team’s current 11-game win streak.
Red Sox outfielders started a trend earlier this season of collaborating on a dance routine to celebrate each victory on the field before retreating to the clubhouse. They start by greeting each other in center field with a bow, followed by a series of choreographed moves performed in unison. The game’s top performer among the trio then typically takes the lead by showcasing their own unique moves, while the other two pretend to film the routine.
The routine has become popular among Red Sox fans that eagerly anticipate which moves the players will break out after each victory. The trend even sparked a commercial where the team’s outfielders held a meeting to brainstorm victory dance ideas.
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Boston’s winning streak has enabled these players to get creative by coming up with new moves to ensure the routine never gets stale. We’ve seen a lot of new dances showcased lately, but which one of these Red Sox outfielders has displayed the best moves?
Recently we’ve seen Jackie Bradley use the Ski Jump, which originally started out as one of the failed ideas dismissed in the brainstorming commercial. His teammates didn’t seem enthused by it then, but they are loving it now.
Andrew Benintendi may only be a rookie, but his moves are old school. The 22-year old wasn’t even born yet when the legendary Michael Jackson was at his peak, but that didn’t stop him from breaking out some of MJ’s patented moves.
Then there is Mookie Betts, who has treated us to a variety of different moves during this win streak. Most recently it was the Macarena. Can’t go wrong with that classic, but he’s done better.
Prior to that we saw Betts bust out “The Carlton”, which proved to be a fan-favorite. The move was made popular by Alfonso Ribeiro during his run starring on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, giving Red Sox fans that grew up in the 90’s a dose of nostalgia. Somewhere you can imagine Will Smith rolling his eyes.
Who could forget Betts shaking his hips to The Sugarhill Gang’s “Jump On It” the following night? The dance was also once featured on The Fresh Prince, so it’s safe to say that Betts is a fan of the show.
We can debate about which player has the best moves, but there is no doubting that Betts has given us the most variety. Of course he also gets more opportunities, given his MVP campaign has often seen him nominated by his teammates as the game’s top outfielder.
The Red Sox have already qualified for the postseason and are on the verge of locking up the AL East. Hopefully this means we’ll see #WinDanceRepeat trending all through October. Red Sox outfielders better bring their best dance moves with them to the postseason, or perhaps they will show us something new.
Which of these dances has been your favorite from this season? Is there another that didn’t make the list that earns your vote? Let us know in the comments!