Cleveland Indians righthander Trevor Bauer enjoyed one of his at-bats during Friday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, imitating a variety of his teammates’ batting stances while working a nine-pitch walk.
While at the plate during the seventh inning of the Indians’ 5–2 win, Bauer spent a few pitches waving his bat over his head, just like Indians shortstop Mike Aviles. He also pointed the bat behind himself, just like second baseman Jason Kipnis, and borrowed the elbow-tapping, bat-on-shoulder style from designated hitter Ryan Raburn.
The shtick drew applause from the dugout and wildly entertained the Indians’ broadcasters, but after fouling off four pitches to stay alive, Bauer got on base.
Bauer got the win, too, after pitching 6 1/3 innings and allowing only two runs on three hits.
Not bad for the righthander—and career .100 hitter.
- Mike Fiammetta