#Lookit

Koji Uehara, tender hugger

Nobody in baseball hugs like Koji Uehara hugs, which is a crying shame.

There has been a lot of talk and a great deal more glowering and even a little bit of shouty shoving in recent months resulting from various big league teams' vigilante enforcement of the game's unwritten rules. All this, in the end, comes back to baseball's starchier and more sourly coppish types defining Playing The Game The Right Way as something like "playing the game utterly without emotion." Which might seem silly to those of us who are humans, but also is something big leaguers can work out per their own unwritten rules and in their own ways.

But let's take a moment to appreciate Boston Red Sox closer Koji Uehara, who has no time for that. Uehara has been dazzlingly great all year, and was fantastic en route to a five-out save in Game Five, but he has also been uniquely willing to experience his emotions on the outside -- witness, for instance, his extreme Motion Sickness Face in the dugout between the eighth and ninth innings of Game 5 of the ALCS. He is also, as has been noted, not afraid to be expressive in victory. And that is how the tenderest televised hug in baseball history came to be after Uehara retired Jose Iglesias to send the Red Sox back to Boston with two chances to win the AL pennant.

Kojihugrossalcs5_medium

Strong men also cry.

h/t to @CJZero for the GIF

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.