There hasn’t been a window-shattering video like this from a pitcher since Nuke LaLoosh.
Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly channeled the classic Tim Robbins character from “Bull Durham” while working on his repertoire earlier this week.
Kelly was hurling pitches at a bullseye, when a changeup got away from him and missed the enclosed target, knocking out a bedroom window in his house.
“Wondering how quarantine is going? Joe was working on his changeup,” Kelly’s wife Ashley posted in an Instagram Live video, showing pieces of glass falling to the ground. “That’s cool. Rad.”
The former Boston Red Sox pitcher appeared Thursday on WEEI’s “The Bradfo Sho” podcast with Rob Bradford and said he was using a CleanFungo — a weighted pitching device that essentially looks like a ball sliced in half — when he took out the window.
“I’m throwing the changeup and I’m trying to make it gyro,” Kelly said. “It catches, turns and hovers and — boom — it goes through the window.”
Kelly added the broken window was part of a guest room that former Boston teammate Brock Holt recently stayed in while visiting. What made the ill-timed incident worse was that Ashley Kelly was scheduled to have labor induced Friday for the delivery of twins; the couple already has a 4-year-old son Knox.
Yankees fans surely remember Kelly for his part in a bench-clearing brawl against Boston in 2018. His retaliatory plunking of Tyler Austin even led to popular t-shirts being made in Beantown depicting the “Joe Kelly Fight Club.”
Earlier this week, Kelly also railed against MLB’s dragging investigation into the Red Sox for sign-stealing allegations during their most-recent World Series championship run in 2018.
“The whole thing is a debacle to me,” Kelly said while appearing on WEEI during a replay of Game 3 of the 2018 Fall Classic. “Now sitting at this point with no baseball being played and no results on an investigation, I just feel like was I dreaming? Is there actually an investigation? It’s like the Boogeyman series, what’s the deal with this thing?
“From the get-go I just thought it was laugh out loud funny. Now that this is the last thing on people’s mind obviously with how the world is right now. Whenever the investigation is done I’m interested in seeing what is in the investigation.”
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