New York Mets closer Jenrry Mejia's fishing celebration goes too far

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There's a fine line when you're celebrating in sports between entertaining and fun and obnoxious.

There's the Dikembe Mutombo finger, the Super Bowl and Ickey shuffle and the dirty bird. All of those were fun.

There was Chad Johnson, before the name change, and there was dunking the ball over the goalposts after a touchdown.

There's the tradition touchdown spike, there's Yasiel Puig's bat flip and there's Fernando Rodney shooting arrows.

On Friday night, after getting a save, Mets closer Jennry Mejia pretended to cast a fishing line and then reel in the Nationals' Ian Desmond. That one is one of those that cross the line, though it didn't offend Desmond.

“I honestly didn’t see it,” Desmond told the Washington Post. “He’s been doing it all year, since he’s been a closer, whatever it is he’s doing. The old minor league saying: If you don’t like it, play better.”

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It's not new

Mejia has been celebrating saves – though they are hard to come by – all year for the Nationals. His first save was commemorated by moonwalking off the mound.

“Everybody’s got their thing,” Nationals manager Matt Williams told the Washington Post. “The way we stop that is to score a run there. It didn’t happen tonight, but hopefully we’ll be able to do it tomorrow.”

At least one Nationals player was offended.

“Hey man, that wasn’t called for,” Denard Span told the Washington Post. “No need for that. But hey, let them do what they want to do. We’ll do what we do and just play hard and leave it on the field.”

What now?

After the celebration on Friday caused a few to be offended, Mets manager Terry Collins stepped in and has said he asked Mejia to tone it down.

“Certainly our job here is not to embarrass anybody,” Collins told “They get emotional, they get excited and they become reactionary. It’s certainly not directed at anybody, or to offend anybody on either team. He was a little over the top last night. He’s going to tone it down.”

He has 26 saves this season and, according to the New York Post, he isn't revealing what he will do next time he gets a save.

"This game, you gotta enjoy it," Mejia told "But I tell you, if they say something wrong – bad word or something like it – then you’re going to be mad. I don’t say nothing to anybody. If they get a home run to me to win the game, break me. That’s your job. If you got me, you do the hit, home run, celebration. It’s over."

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