… Anyway, here’s “Wonderwall.”
Baseball’s weird, man. Any way you slice it, there’s always some form of hijinx happening, somewhere, in some way.
Just a few days ago, the Cubs turned their dugout into an IHOP, with Joc Pederson celebrating a home run with a waffle maker. Nicholas Castellanos got suspended for flexing. Noah Syndergaard can’t watch the Mets. Seriously, weird.
So it’s no surprise that it didn’t take long for baseball to, once again, get weird Friday. The Dodgers were presented with their World Series rings before their game vs. the Nationals, and former major league pitcher Bronson Arroyo was in virtual attendance. Arroyo — who never pitched for the Dodgers, nor is he a California native — sang a rousing rendition of “Wonderwall” and delivered a fairly long and awkward speech to one Walker Buehler.
*Extremely Dave Letterman voice.*
Ladies and gentleman, here’s Bronson Arroyo!
Arroyo’s full speech to Buehler:
Walker Buehler — I knew there was something special about you when I met you, man. You and Mike Leake are the only two guys to ever give me that feeling. You’re humble, you’re a little brash inside, and I knew you were gonna have a good big league career; 25 years old, you won yourself a World Series. I wanted that. Took me til I was 28 to win one with your old manager there, Dave Roberts, and he’s a good man. Make sure you give him some love.
Arroyo then starts strumming away on the Oasis hit “Wonderwall,” much to the delight of pending White Claw-drunk college students around the country waiting for their next karaoke binge.
Arroyo, the long-time MLB pitcher known for his hair and unique wind-ups, is a well-known guitarist now, and he’s actually pretty good, if his “Wonderwall” iteration is any indication.
We’re going to need the full story on just what was happening here and the relationship between Buehler and Arroyo.
There are any number of words that can encapsulate this occurrence, but we’re just going to leave with this: What the hell?