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MLB commissioner Rob Manfred is an unpopular figure. He issued the Houston Astros almost no punishment after they were caught stealing signs, and he moved the All-Star Game out of Atlanta, among a number of absurd decisions. And now, his friends in the industry are few and far between.
Most recently, he handed down a two-game suspension to Nick Castellanos, the popular slugger with the Cincinnati Reds, for “instigating a benches-clearing incident” against the St. Louis Cardinals.
The suspension was questionable, but Castellanos got his revenge on Manfred on Sunday — and he didn’t even have to say a word. Instead, he let a fan handle it. A fan wearing a Cincinnati Reds jersey was down on the field with Castellanos, and the two exchanged a fist bump. Why? Well, the commentator probably regrets asking that question.
“So, I told Nick when he got up there that he should imagine that Rob Manfred’s face was on the baseball,” the fan said. “And the next pitch, he lit it up over the fence, baby.”
Meanwhile, Castellanos took a cross arms and stare pose to drive the point home. Epic.
And here’s the best part. Castellanos wasn’t the one who took the shot, so players have now found a loophole for criticizing the commissioner: launder it through fans!
Check this out.
Nick Castellanos is a damn LEGEND for this. He’ll still get suspended even though he didn’t say a word. And we will not allow that to stand. pic.twitter.com/5NK1L3N5NO
— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) May 16, 2021
The commentator for Bally Sports in Ohio didn’t know how to react, as he realized that the ploy had been executed perfectly. In fact, the entire exchange was fantastic.
I know for a fact there are a few readers who are more than happy to hear Manfred get dragged through the mud. To help these readers share their feelings publicly, OutKick now offers ‘Fire Manfred’ T-Shirts. Click here and make your frustrations with the MLB commissioner known!
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