However there are plenty enough fans who respect the game and appreciate what it is. Applauding an opponent for a great play does not add to that persona at all.
If you notice in all of my comments, I haven't knocked anybody for acknowledging a good play. I feel a scattered applause around the stadium after a diving catch might be deserved. I have no problem whatsoever with applauding a pitcher when he is pulled if he pitched a great 7 or 8 innings. But I have to ask, why don't we applaud our opponent when he hits a grand slam? "That was a great swing, man". Why not applaud the other pitcher when he strikes us out with two runners on, "Wow, what a great pitch?"
We circle jerk about our baseball fans because they have been the best in college baseball for a long time and that's real,( despite some fans that like the camera)
I think we can be the greatest fans in college baseball just because we show up in large numbers and fully support our team (and other games in our home regionals). We would still be the greatest fans in college baseball even without the people clapping for the other team just because it's the classy thing to do.
As for Stony Brook, do you "victory lappers" not realize that you were giving them a slap in the face? You would have never given a victory lap to Texas, or Miami, or UCLA. But you did for Stony Brook. Why? Because they were a little, no-name school that came out of nowhere. To be honest, I would not have had a single problem with a polite applause as they were walking back to the dugout after their celebration. But cheering for them as they dogpiled and giving a victory lap? Way overboard!