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Craig Kimbrel nearly hit by beer can as he leaves bullpen


Craig Kimbrel dodged bullets last night as he, just barely, closed out the Red Sox’ ALDS victory over the Yankees in New York. Before he did that, however, he had to dodge a beer can, hurled by a fan in the stands.

The fan threw the beer can toward Kimbrel just as he was heading out of the bullpen toward the field. As you can see based on how the thing lands, it appears to be close to full too, which could’ve done some serious damage if it had actually hit the Red Sox closer:

This is not the first Yankees fan who decided that beer was a weapon in the past week or so. I don’t think that Kimbrel is about to go out for drinks and dancing with that guy, however.

What in the heck is wrong with people? My god.

Cubs to activate Craig Kimbrel on Thursday

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The Cubs will activate reliever Craig Kimbrel ahead of Thursday afternoon’s game against the Braves, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.

Kimbrel, 31, ended a seven-month stint in free agency, agreeing to a three-year, $43 million contract with the Cubs earlier this month. He has made four minor league appearances, allowing one earned run on two hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.

With an aggregate 3.96 ERA entering Wednesday, the Cubs’ bullpen has been among the better bullpens in the league. Adding Kimbrel, one of the greatest closers of all-time, certainly can’t hurt and will give them some stability in save situations.