Ah yes, the proverbial breaking of the bat. It’s the ultimate sign of strength (or stupidity?) after a frustrating at-bat. We’ve seen legends like Bo Jackson and Frank Thomas perfect the art of snapping the wood into pieces, though their arms were comparable in size to a car tire.
The same can’t be said for Cincinnati Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto, who after a rough AB decided he’d emulate Bo and attempt to snap the bat over his knee (thankfully, unlike Bo, he avoided his head). Unfortunately, it didn’t go so well.
After taking a called third strike against the Pirates, Cueto and his 2.46 ERA took a step out of the batters box, raised a knee and slammed the bat down onto his thigh. Only problem? It didn’t break.
Now, I’ve never broken a bat over my knee but I imagine even when it does split, it doesn’t feel like a warm bubble bath (hey, don’t judge me) but I have hit my thigh with some rather solid, non-breakable materials before an that feels pretty damn painful. Thankfully I’ve never done it while 30,000 people watched (and thousands more on television), which is something Cuteo can’t say any longer.
Of course, I wouldn’t make fun of the Reds ace as we’ve seen before, he’s a bit of a hot head when he gets frustrated (anybody remember the twirling leg of metal spikes during a bench clearing brawl with the St. Louis Cardinals?).
For now, this one is going to be on loop for a while though total bad ass move to pretend it didn’t sting like a mother, Johnny.