Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 8/17/12

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Hanley Ramirez has developed this weird little celebration where he takes his hand and makes circles around his eyes, either like he’s wearing glasses or taking a picture. We don’t really know the true meaning of the charade, but it’s something along those lines. What we do know is A.J. Burnett does not appreciate it.

Ramirez hit a two-run homer (the 150th of his career) off of Burnett in the bottom of the fourth Thursday night to give the Dodgers a 4-3 lead. As he was rounding second base, he made his little hand gesture toward Burnett. Later in the game after the Pirates had reclaimed the lead, Burnett struck Ramirez out and stared him down. He also clearly yelled, “Sit down!”

“If you’re going to hit a homer, act like you’ve hit one before,” Burnett told reporters after the game according to the Associated Press. “The first batter, (James) Loney, hit one, was very professional about it. Ran hard the whole way. I just thought he did a little something at second base. I could be wrong. It was the heat of the moment.”

As for the “sit down” comment, Burnett said he was just excited to get a hitter out that sent one a long way off of him the last time up. Obviously, there was more to it than that. It’s hard to not side with Burnett on this one. Hanley clearly made the gesture in his direction, which is a classless move. Moments like those are the reason many of Ramirez’s former teammates weren’t sad to see him leave Miami.

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