This is a promo for Red Bull but who cares, it’s hilarious.
Kris Bryant thinks he’s just filming a normal commercial in which he takes batting practice. Before they can finish though, the kid throwing BP gets called away. The sound guy — a scraggly-lookin’ dude who doesn’t look particularly athletic — volunteers to step in and pitch. Bryant is dubious, but the sound guy does a good job. He even breaks off some nasty curves and cutters.
Because the sound guy is Hall of Famer Greg Maddux.
He doesn’t have his 1995 form or anything, but Bryant definitely had a harder time getting solid contact than he expected. “Sound guy has a pretty could curve,” the MVP says.
As far as pranks go, this was a pretty great one.
Royals’ Opening Day starter Danny Duffy weathered a minor scare during Saturday’s Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks. The left-hander was removed from his final spring training start after experiencing some left shoulder tightness in the second and third innings. No lasting damage appears to have been done — Duffy told reporters that he simply felt a slight ache, nothing more — and it looks like he’ll remain on track to open the season with the team next Thursday.
The 29-year-old southpaw is coming off one of his best performances to date. Despite losing a few weeks to an oblique strain and elbow soreness, he went 9-10 in 24 starts and finished the 2017 season with a 3.81 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 over 146 1/3 innings. While Duffy entered camp with a clean bill of health, he struggled to execute against his spring training opponents and racked up 13 runs, four homers, seven walks and 11 strikeouts in 13 innings of Cactus League play.
The Royals are scheduled to kick off their home opener against the White Sox on Thursday, March 29 at 4:15 PM ET. Barring any further complications with his shoulder, Duffy will take the mound for the Royals, while James Shields is expected to make his first Opening Day appearance for the White Sox.