When the Houston Astros came to town, the Minnesota Twins took the opportunity to pay tribute to Jake Odorizzi while trolling his new team.
Former Twins pitcher Jake Odorizzi wasn’t pitching on Friday night when he returned to Target Field for the first time since joining the Astros, but he still became the center of attention.
Minnesota decided to honor their ex-All-Star pitcher by putting together a tribute video.
It was a sweet gesture…
…and a perfectly executed troll as the video exclusively included highlights of him throwing against Houston.
In seven career games against the Astros, Odorizzi was 5-1 with an ERA of 1.91, so the highlight created itself really.
That’s good clean trolling. Good on the Twins.
The Twins celebrated Jake Odorizzi while trolling the Astros
Odorizzi spent the majority of his career with the Rays, but he achieved his best season after being traded to Minnesota. In 2019 he posted a career-best 3.51 ERA while winning 15 games en route to his first and only All-Star nod.
Sadly, his best days with the Twins didn’t have the chance to continue. He struggled with various injuries throughout 2020, including an abdomen contusion caused by a freak play when a comebacker blasted him in the chest. That kept him out of action for a month.
Odorizzi entered the free-agent market in 2021 and opted to sign with the Astros. His time there hasn’t been ideal. He lost three of his first five starts and only managed to go more than five innings once. After his first two starts, the 31-year-old landed on the injured list with a strained pronator muscle.
He finally notched his first win since 2019 on Wednesday against the Red Sox. In all, his ERA of 6.75 has made him a disappointing signing, though he is starting to turn things around.