In the very best of circumstances, the Cleveland Indians will be playing two games without a DH in the World Series — at most, three games. There is a decent chance Trevor Bauer could be in one of those games. Will we see him make NL batting rules fun again?
He did it last year in the middle of a dreadful campaign when the Indians were 38-41 and appearing in the World Series seemed like a pipe dream. On a rainy and generally terrible July afternoon in Pittsburgh, Bauer made us all smile in his third at-bat of the game.
Mike Aviles’s bat swirls, Jason Kipnis’ relaxed bat and Ryan Raburn’s clapping elbows were all present in the display. Matt Undrewood and Rick Manning were seemingly taken completely off guard and sounded like two excited kids watching baseball.
For some reason I cannot imagine Joe Buck getting that kind of excited, but the entire world will be watching. No matter what Trevor does when he swings (or bunts), he could go down as an a future crossword clue or Jeopardy answer as the player who imitated his teammates’ batting stances in the World Series.
He even has some more material to work with this season. The first to come to mind is Coco Crisp, who quickly flutters his fingers and sort of rocks back and forth at the plate. Oh, the money I’d give to see Trevor try and mimic that. He could also choose to imitate Tyler Naquin’s I-don’t-know-what-I’m-doing-here stance, where he never really looks like he’s ready to hit a baseball. Just kind of standing up there with a bat in his hand.
Maybe it was just a one-trick pony for Trevor, or maybe he will be under strict instructions to not screw around on the biggest stage of his life. But let’s hope not. This isn’t the NFL, you are not going to fined for having fun. Get out there and show the world how fun baseball can be... then sacrifice bunt or strike out because you are a pitcher and shouldn’t be forced to bat, anyway.