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May 5, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara (19) is congratulated by starting pitcher Clay Buchholz (11) after pitching the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The Rangers won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

GIF: Red Sox Koji Uehara Drops Atomic High Five On Shane Victorino

Boston Red Sox reliever Koji Uehara is a pretty excitable guy, so excitable that after he has a good outing he tends to come back to the dugout amped up, high-fiving anybody in range. Everybody knows this, from fellow teammates to coaches to clubhouse staff. If you’re within striking distance, get your hand up, or pay the price.

Case in point, last night, where Uehara, after a 1-2-3 eighth inning against the White Sox went on a high five spree. Only problem? Not everybody was ready for it.

Shane Victorino, who has missed the last three games with a hamstring issue, apparently wasn’t aware that Koji was creeping up on him and unfortunately for Shane, he didn’t get himself prepared for the high five quickly enough. Uehara didn’t care.

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Thankfully, Victorino wasn’t nursing a chest injury or he might be out for the season.

More entertaining than Uehara’s atomic high five though is Shane’s initial reaction, one of shock and momentary fear. It was straight out of Major League.

I guess next time the “Flyin Hawaiian” will be better prepared for the atomic high five.

And yes, the Red Sox went on to defeat the White Sox last evening, 6-2.

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