Not a chance. Never during a game.
A scream of satisfaction as he rounded first base, seeing his high fly ball that seemed to stay up in the air for a lifetime carry over the fence?
Mitch Haniger might be the most serious and intense players to ever put on a Mariners uniform since Randy Johnson was making mullets seem cool.
It’s been a source of much teasing from teammates and coaches, calling him a robot or at least part robot. But the heightened circumstances of the Mariners’ quest to reach the postseason and the emotion of the accomplishment came bursting from the stoic Haniger on Monday night.
And that smile?
Well, that came in the handshake line following Seattle’s much-needed 5-4 victory over the Red Sox.
Haniger’s three-run homer off reliever Ryan Brasier in the seventh inning broke a 2-2 tie and gave the Mariners a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
The lead was quickly diminished to the smallest margin possible when Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers hit back-to-back solo homers off Paul Sewald in the top of the eighth to cut the lead to one run.