No, Indians’ catcher Austin Hedges didn’t actually bunt for a home run.
The Cleveland Indians are having a regular season to forget but that doesn’t mean that they forgot that baseball is supposed to be fun. Unable to close out games in extra innings, besieged by injuries to the rotation, and several key offensive figures not living up to expectations, The Indians have fallen out of the playoff race.
Cleveland is playing .500 baseball and that’s evident by their record being 58-61. While carrying a losing record currently isn’t great, the Tribe has not had a losing record for an entire season during the Terry Francona Era. Despite Francona not currently sitting on the bench due to health issues, it seems unlikely the Indians will just roll over and give up.
This isn’t the Manny Acta Era of Indians, this team will keep fighting while trying to create wins and memories. That should make fans happy, after all, before it’s a sport, baseball is in the entertainment business. Its job is to create moments, excitement, and interest to lure people in and spend their cash. Sometimes a team can create fun moments sitting at home, and just goofing around. These moments can help create new fans.
Enter the Indians’ social media department.
The Indians Twitter account is among the best in baseball.
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The Tribe has had some marvelous seasons recently, with all-time great moments, this season is neither currently. Yet, that hasn’t taken the joy out of the club. The Indians’ Twitter account has had some great fun over the last day or so, by heavily editing an Austin Hedges bunt into a near-perfect home run.
If it wasn’t for a slight overlay with the “thwack” of the bat and the motion of the bunt, you’d actually believe that Hedges bunted himself a home run. Even if it is physically impossible.
The at-bat comes from the June 1, 2021 game against the White Sox, when the Tribe was 30-24. The game was in fact 3-3 all, and the at-bat did see him try to bunt. The only difference is that the bunt proceeded a home run, and didn’t cause it. The magic of editing allowed for that to happen.
It was a nice bit of cheeky fun, though one White Sox fan was maybe too worked up over a harmless laugh, deciding to defend his precious White Sox for being on the wrong end of the fictional home-bunt. I guess this is what you can expect a fanbase to do after their club did 13 years of nothing.
As they say in pro wrestling, don’t get worked into a shoot, kid.