Dodgers Send Jake Arrieta Bucket of Dirt and Rubber from Dodger Stadium Pitcher’s Mound (Pic)
On Tuesday, Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta received a hero’s welcome upon returning to Wrigley Field for the first time since throwing the 14th no-hitter in franchise history against the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Sunday. The crowd gave him a standing ovation as the Wrigley video board showed a replay of the final out, and the team then presented him with his framed jersey and a commemorative photo collage of his historic performance.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) September 1, 2015
As nice as all that was, though, the Dodgers kind of upstaged the Cubbies with their show of generosity.
What did they do? They sent Arrieta a bucket of dirt from the Dodger Stadium pitcher’s mound, as well as the entire pitching rubber…which, turns out, weighs a whopping 60 pounds.
Check it out:
— Jake Arrieta (@JArrieta34) September 1, 2015
Classy move by the Dodgers. Though I’m sure they hope the next no-hitter at Dodger Stadium is by a Dodgers pitcher. It’s one thing to dig up the Dodger Stadium pitcher’s mound, but shipping a 60-pound rubber across the country is expensive.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]