As sports evolve and change, one thing that because increasingly common is what is often referred to as “trash talk.”
It requires no introduction, nor an explanation.
It’s simply good-natured fun when two teams are playing each other and trying to get under each other’s skin.
Baseball hasn’t been like this very often, but as the game changes, it becomes more commonplace.
Some believe that baseball is a game of respect and trash talk should not be a part of it, while others wish there could be more of it.
On Thursday, Cleveland Guardians star and Rookie of the Year finalist Steven Kwan appeared on the podcast “Foul Territory,” and shared his thoughts on trash talk in baseball.
"I think the trash talking is good. I think it's fun for the game. I think there should be more of it."@CleGuardians' Steven Kwan on why he likes baseball trash talk and points out how it's normal in other sports like NBA/NFL 🗣️https://t.co/P4R5aAWJf2 pic.twitter.com/lVBYo0pfiz
— Foul Territory (@FoulTerritoryTV) June 8, 2023
Kwan stated that he believes trash talk is good for the game.
The Gold Glove outfielder noted that it’s more common in the NFL and NBA than it is in baseball.
He says that the reason it isn’t common in baseball is because players were taught that it was a “gentleman’s game.”
However, Kwan doesn’t believe that there is any ill will behind it.
In his mind, it’s just another layer of gamesmanship and adds a little extra fun to the sport.
Kwan also commented that there isn’t really a good argument for why trash talk doesn’t take place in baseball and believes that there should be more of it as the game evolves and changes.
The game is certainly changing, and the notion that baseball shouldn’t include trash talk is quickly being proven wrong.NEXT: The Guardians Continue To Use Their Unique Brand Of Offense