Dodgers’ star right-hander Trevor Bauer apparently thought pitching was too easy, so he decided to close an eye. He isn’t going to be able to see very good, Cott.
It paid off for him. Watch:
Trevor Bauer striking out people with one eye closed. 😳 pic.twitter.com/heHkxVPdL7— MLB (@MLB) March 6, 2021
Bauer was asked post-game what he was doing with this exercise, and his answer was…interesting:
“I figured if they can’t score off me with one eye open, it’s going to be difficult to score off me with two eyes open.” @BauerOutage explains why he was pitching with one eye open in the first. pic.twitter.com/uMdb4ZS2qu— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) March 6, 2021
Technically, he’s not wrong. If you can’t hit off a pitcher who is voluntarily hurling pitches half blind–hitting when he’s at full strength may become an issue.
What’s clear is that the 2020 NL Cy Young winner is becoming a social media king. Baseball has pretty much been dead in terms of clicks online, but with Bauer doing things like this–how can this not grab the attention of younger generations? Chances are that kids who indulge themselves in TikTok and Instagram will love moments like this. Weird behaviors are interesting in the land of social media.
You’re either going to love or hate this move by Bauer, but there’s no denying it’s good for the game of baseball.