Watch: Australian baseball teams hold bullpen standoff for three innings
Baseball standoffs are one of the sport’s best and goofiest traditions, with players on opposing teams engaging in a lighthearted game of chicken to see who can stay on the field the longest after the national anthem.
Generally these challenges last only until the umpire forces the parties off the field for the first pitch, but two Australian Baseball League teams pushed it much further recently, with the bullpens remaining standing in foul territory into the third inning.
The Melbourne Aces and Brisbane Bandits relievers held strong until a foul ball forced the Melbourne squad to scatter, ending the day’s battle.
Between this and the hiccuping anthem singer earlier this season, the Australian Baseball League is the place to be for baseball hilarity.
– Brendan Maloy