Nelson Cruz had a pretty funny reaction to Justin Verlander throwing behind him during an at-bat in Wednesday’s Tigers-Orioles game.
The Tigers were up 5-0 in the fourth when Cruz came up with Chris Davis on first. Verlander’s first pitch was in the dirt, and his 1-0 pitch whizzed behind the Baltimore DH. The wild pitch allowed Davis to advance to second, and it led home plate umpire John Tumpane to warn Verlander and both teams.
Was Verlander sending a message two days after Torii Hunter was hit by Bud Norris, or was it just coincidence? Who knows, but Cruz’s reaction was pretty awesome. He also got the last laugh in that matter, too, because he hit a 3-run home run off Verlander in his next at-bat to give him 11 for the season.
Now the video didn’t show this part, but Cruz reportedly (and by reportedly, I mean in my imagination) told Verlander to suck on his little Chinese nuts:
Forearm bash to Guyism