Trevor Bauer Celebrates Team Strikeout Mark by Pretending to Chug a Cold One

Jesse Pantuosco
August 25, 2020 - 10:44 am

Finally, a Trevor Bauer story that isn’t about him trolling the Astros. Bauer had a … let’s call it “unusual” reaction to his third-inning strikeout of Brewers outfielder Avisail Garcia Monday night, inscribing the word “Buds” on the mound while pretending to slug a can of liquid courage.

If you’re wondering why a run-of-the-mill strikeout, one of 49 on the year for the eccentric right-hander, garnered such an emphatic response, here is the backstory. Bauer, arguably known more for his unconventional social-media musings than his pitching exploits, issued a challenge earlier this month, tweeting “Hold my beer” in response to a post about Sonny Gray’s exceptional start to the 2020 campaign. Budweiser’s official account eventually chimed in on the subject, vowing to unveil Cincinnati-themed beer cans if Bauer could better his teammate’s franchise-mark for most strikeouts through five starts (45). Garcia’s K to lead off the third inning Monday at Miller Park (he swung through a 95-mph four-seamer) brought Bauer’s season punch-out total to 46, topping Gray, but more importantly ensuring the distribution of these new Budweiser cans.

The rest of Bauer’s start was nothing to write home about (6 1/3 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 8 Ks) as the 29-year-old logged his first loss of 2020. In a hilarious instance of baseball karma, Bauer served up a majestic two-run blast to Justin Smoak just three batters after his record-breaking strikeout. Brett Anderson, the pitcher of record in Milwaukee’s 4-2 victory, was not at all impressed by Bauer’s seemingly premeditated celebration. “Obviously, we do things a little different,” the veteran said of Bauer’s antics. “But to each their own, and congrats on whatever record he got or whatever beers get changed to Buds or whatever the hell happens. Good for him.”

Going out of his way to promote an individual accomplishment, in a losing effort no less (not to mention he showed up his own teammate, Sonny Gray, in the process), is a weird flex, but we wouldn’t expect any different from Bauer who, the last we saw, was getting ready to lace up these Joe Kelly-inspired Nikes. Of course, the MLB fun police were quick to rain on Bauer’s parade, threatening to eject the Reds All-Star if he took the field with them.

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