And now Sheriff Onstad was in the papers, calling Johnny a “grandstander,” a “Hollywood hero.”
He describes Sherman as a grandstander who prefers “gimmicks” to concrete achievements.
He's simply a grandstander in the way he does things and that makes it impossible for him to ever be a truly big man.
He imagined he heard Brennan saying: "A grandstander, a grandstander to the last."
Understand, when I say he's a grandstander I don't mean that he isn't sincere in his crusade to clean up the city.
A grandstander, a man who plays to the crowd instead of playing the game for what it's worth.
"main seating for spectators at an outdoor event," 1834, from grand (adj.)+ stand. The verb meaning "to show off" is student slang from 1895, from grandstand player, attested in baseball slang from 1888.
It's little things of this sort which makes the 'grand stand player.' They make impossible catches, and when they get the ball they roll all over the field. [M.J. Kelly, "Play Ball," 1888]Cf. British gallery hit (1882) "showy play by a batsman in cricket, 'intended to gain applause from uncritical spectators'" [OED]. Related: grandstanding.