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Cincinnati Reds ace Johnny Cueto, owner of MLB’s second-best ERA since 2011, is known for his tendency to add ticks, twitches, and pauses to his windup and delivery in order to disrupt the timing of batters. However, he took that tendency to the extreme on Tuesday night during a masterful performance against the Nationals in Washington.
Facing Nats shortstop Ian Desmond in the bottom of the seventh with two outs and nobody one, Cueto paused his windup on the first pitch and did a little shoulder dance before throwing to the plate.
Poor Desmond was so baffled, he just put his bat on his shoulder and watched the pitch sail right down the pipe for strike one.
Here’s the video:
And for those of you who just want to watch this Johnny Cueto windup dance over and over and over again, here’s the GIF, along with a pretty great caption courtesy of the MLB GIFs Twitter feed:
When your song comes on at the club. pic.twitter.com/aIdySdIn4B
— MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) July 8, 2015
That’s just the kind of night it was for Cueto. The guy pitched a complete game two-hit shutout against Bryce Harper and company, and he looked like a boss doing it.
If that was Cueto’s last ever game in a Reds uniforms—he’s almost certainly going to be traded at some point—it was a hell of a way to go out.