Is this a case of reliever relief?
Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Archie Bradley soiled himself moments before going into a game.
Sorry. I can’t really write around it and properly tell the story. He then pitched with his pants containing the excrement.
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Bradley revealed the story on a Yahoo! Sports podcast. The incident occurred during warmups as he was about to enter a game earlier this season.
“Right before I’m about to go in the game, I pooped my pants,” Bradley admitted. “I know I’m a pitch away from going in the game, so I’m scrambling to clean myself up. I get it cleaned up the best I can, button my pants up, and our bullpen coach Mike Fetters says, ‘Hey, you’re in the game.’ So I’m jogging into the game to pitch with poop in my pants essentially.
“It was the most uncomfortable I’ve ever been on the mound. And I actually had a good inning. I had a clean inning, and I walked in the dugout and I was like, ‘Guys, I just (expletive) myself.’ ”
Strange. I bet most Pirates fans have the same reaction any time one of their bullpen pitchers comes into a game as well.
By the way, did he really just say he had a “clean inning?” Please tell me after that “clean inning” all he got were fist bumps and high fives. No pats on the backside I hope.
You may have seen Bradley’s mention of Fetters as his bullpen coach. Fetters was a relief pitcher in Pittsburgh for some awful Pirates clubs ‘in 2001 and 2002. I bet he thought cleaning up messes for those teams was going to be as bad as it got in his career.