Rangers vow caution in walk-off festivities

Rangers vow caution in walk-off festivities

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Rangers enjoy a good walk-off celebration as much as any team in baseball.

They've had their share of them, including an Opening Day festivity when Jarrod Saltalamacchia delivered the game-winning hit in a 5-4 victory over the Blue Jays. But the Rangers admitted they will have to rethink their celebratory ways after what happened to Angels first baseman Kendry Morales on Saturday.

"That's a terrible accident," said Texas third baseman Michael Young. "You never want to see a guy get hurt like that. Every team is thinking that could have been them, because every team has experienced a walk-off or a massive dogpile. I'm sure every team is going to ease back."

Morales suffered a broken left ankle jumping down on home plate after hitting a walk-off grand slam in the 10th inning of the Angels' 5-1 victory over the Mariners at Angel Stadium.

"Maybe I'll just walk in next time," said second baseman Ian Kinsler. "I've never seen anything like that. It was just a weird situation. I'm sure guys will be thinking about it now, but it's an exciting time. You don't think about injuring yourself when jumping into a victory pile."

One problem, said Young, is the celebrations have become much more physical lately.

"Old school used to be touch the plate, shake hands with your teammates and go to the clubhouse," Young said. "Now there is jumping, punching and kicking, and it's become an accepted part of the game. If it happens to us, you won't see us jumping around. You'll see one or two guys get excited, but we'll make sure nobody will get hurt."

Manager Ron Washington said he will make that point with his team.

"That's a big piece they lost right there," Washington said. "But the Angels always figure out a way to plug something, so I'm sure they'll find a way again."