This is a hoot. And with the start of the baseball season just three days away, appropriate.
Last year, Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant -- who had just won Rookie of the Year -- pranked a local Las Vegas college team in his home town by pretending to be a transfer student. (I posted the video here.) This year, after winning the Most Valuable Player award, he got pranked in return.
The background is that Bryant thought he was doing a workout demo video. He puts it all in perspective talking about all the other great players who came from his home town of Las Vegas, like current star Bryce Harper and former Cub great Greg Maddox (who, I must note, is in the Hall of Fame with 355 wins -- the eighth most of all time. And -- slight digression -- yes, I know the Cubs let him go and he came to even more fame with Atlanta, but he started with the Cubs, won his first Cy Young award there, and returned to the team, winning his 300th game when back in Chicago.)
Anyway, the point of the video is that the 50-year-old Maddux gets made up to appear to be a fat, bearded boom operator. And later, when the guy throwing batting practice gets a call and has to leave, this fat, bearded boom operator offers to step in and help. Bryant wants no part of it, no doubt concerned about hurting the guy, but good-naturedly agrees.. And…well, let’s just say the boom operator is a whole lot better than the bewildered but increasingly-impressed Bryant expected, throwing impressive curve balls.
When Maddux finally reveals himself, Bryant finds it all hilarious. My favorite moment though is not even the prank itself, but the very last word in the video, after Bryant asks a question, and Maddux responds with one word..
(My only quibble is the editing – they should have had wide-angle shots with Maddux and Bryant in the same frame, but it’s almost entirely close-ups of each. Still, great fun.)
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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