We are just 12 games into the 2020 season and Ole Miss baseball has drawn a lot of attention for playing loud and having fun. In particular, Peyton Chatagnier and Anthony Servideo have ruffled a lot of feathers with a victory high-five resembling Vince Carter’s 2000 between-the-legs slam dunk that put the NBA on notice in the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest.
In fact, over the past few weeks, our Red Cup historians have spent countless hours going through the archives and discovered that this is not the first time we have seen this celebration. Let’s take a look back in time, shall we?
Jump to the Andy Kennedy Era and our middle infield sons were there when Ole Miss basketball upset Auburn on the road and Marshall Henderson popped his jersey, triggering literally everyone on the internet.
Chatagnier and Servideo were there when Senquez Golson out-jumped OJ Howard and intercepted Blake Sims, propelling the Rebels to a monumental upset of No. 1 Alabama.
Later that year, our jumping Rebs were there when Ole Miss baseball beat Louisiana Lafayette to advance to Omaha for the first time under Mike Bianco.
Servideo and Chatagnier were there the next year when Chad Kelly threw up a prayer and Quincy Adeboyejo hauled in the Tuscaloosa Tip to upset Alabama, again, at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Lastly, we turn the clock WAAAAY back and see that Tony and his seasoning were there when Archie Manning scored three touchdowns to beat Memphis State. Hell, Anthony damn near tripped into some onlookers sitting on the sidelines after completing the dunk!
Even beyond Ole Miss, the second baseman and short stop were there in 1945(!) when the United States Marines raised the U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima.
Even beyond Earth, Servideo and Chatagnier were there in 1969 (nice) when Apollo 11 astronauts planted the flag on the freakin’ moon.
Basically, Chatagnier and Servideo’s celebration is timeless and fun. It’s refreshing to see two student-athletes enjoying themselves while playing college baseball and, frankly, folks need to relax. It’s good for the sport to get some publicity for wacky and wild things like this.
Enjoy it and let the kids play.