In-game interviews always seem like a bad idea. Players and managers always talk about focus, but then the camera crew comes in and they’re supposed to make smalltalk with John Kruk or whoever. The worst part is that we often end up missing action on the field or, at the very least, analysis of action on the field, which is supposed to be the bleedin’ point of having John Kruk there to begin with.
But sometimes it’s fun. At least if the interviewee and his friends do not take the interview seriously. Like last night, when Max Scherzer was on-camera during the Nats-Giants game, and his teammates decided to mess with him:
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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.
Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.
The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.
The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.
Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.
Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).