Found October 08, 2012 on The Majors Detroit:
Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque was clearly relieved after getting A’s outfielder to ground out on a come-backer to the mound ending the Oakland threat in the 9th inning on Sunday afternoon. In fact Alburquerque was so relieved in that final out that he gave the ball a kiss, before under handing it to a waiting Prince Fielder at first base, something the late Jose Lima (a friend of Alburquerque’s ) use to do on some occasions. The move though didn’t sit well with some A’s players, especially outfielder Josh Reddick whose team now faces an 0-2 deficit in the ALDS. “I don’t know what his thought process was,” Reddick said. “It’s something that should be kept off the field in between the lines, and I don’t think it should happen.” “I didn’t appreciate it.” Reddick continued “I thought that was immature. It was not very professional. That’s all I got to say about it.” I wonder what the A’s feelings are about their own closer who acts like a total madman on the mound swearing a

Tigers pitcher kisses ball after fielding grounder

Has this ever happened before? After fielding a ground ball, Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque had enough time to kiss the ball before throwing it to first base and getting the runner. Lucky for Alburquerque, there was no error on the play. Or there would have been a lot of beers thrown on him in the locker room. GIF via @WorldofIsaac

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