Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 10/8/12
Usually the kissing comes before or after. Isiah and Magic gave each other a peck on the cheek prior to battling it out on the NBA's biggest stage. Stevie planted one on the Stanley Cup, but only after his Red Wings had secured it. Which leads us to question Al Alburquerque's in-game baseball kiss on Sunday. Was it cool? Or was it, as some saw it, bush league -- sort of like kissing your best friend's ex in front of him. If you didn't see the play, Alburquerque came on with runner's on the corners and two outs in the eighth inning, heavy hitter Yoenis Cespedes at the plate. Alburquerque jammed Cespedes, who weakly tapped the ball to the mound. After fielding it on one hop, Alburquerque kissed the ball before tossing it to first baseman Cecil Fielder for the final out of the inning. "We're not finished yet,'' Cespedes told the media after the game. "When I get back to Oakland, I am going to hit the ball hard against him. "And I am going to kiss my bat.'' Alburquerque's kiss isn't something you see every day. Frankly, I don't recall another instance of a player sealing an out with a kiss in 40-plus years of watching the game. Not even Mark Fidrych kissed the ball before hurling it toward home plate for another potential strikeout. The Bird just talked to it, gave it instructions on where to go -- tell, not kiss -- which isn't the same thing. Alburquerque's kiss, Like Fidrych himself, seemed genuine, though. The play was huge, and Alburquerque's hot-second reaction sense of relief made sense. I mean, what Tigers fan didn't want to kiss that ball -- and Alburquerque with it? However, f you're an Athletics fan, you might want to tell Alburquerque to kiss something else. What are your thoughts on Al Al's kiss? Vote on the above poll and use the comments section below.
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