It has been said that in life, timing is everything. That could apply to so many things: telling a joke, asking someone out on a date, making a career move. Timing is also critical in sports, such as when to swing the bat, when to throw a pass, and when to celebrate your victory. Unfortunately, many people struggle with that last one.
Premature celebration doesn’t discriminate. It can afflict athletes at all levels of experience and ability. Backyard ballers and seasoned pros alike have known the searing hot kiss of humiliation that often accompanies the condition caused by early-onset exuberance. Here are some especially cringe-worthy case studies: