If you watched Minnesota Twins outfielder Chris Colabello’s home run against the Chicago White Sox on Friday, you may have witnessed something disturbing in the visitor’s bullpen. Just as the ball was clearing the wall, it looked like Twins reliever Jared Burton decked teammate Brian Duensing in the face. Fortunately, it was just a perfectly-timed prank.
“It’s all in fun,” Burton told the Pioneer Press after the game. “I knew the ball was coming down and that camera was going to be zoomed in on us. I waited it out, afraid I was going to get hit with the ball. That’s about as good of execution as you could ask for.”
Apparently the idea came from Twins pitcher Matt Maloney, and it is something the relievers have tried in the past. Burton and Duensing were the first pair to execute the stunt to perfection, with Duensing doing a fantastic job of whipping his head back at the right moment.
Typically when we tell you about hilarious baseball pranks that involve human feces and other substances, players are screwing with each other. This time, the joke was on us. A+ for execution.
GIF via Deadspin