If you’ve been following the Cincinnati Reds this season, you’d know that there hasn’t really been much to cheer about since the season resumed last month. With an 11-16 record and longtime announcer Thom Brennaman in serious hot water for spewing a slur on a live microphone, one of the few bright spots for Cincinnati fans this summer has been Reds ace Sonny Gray.
Posting a 4-1 record with an impressive 2.21 ERA, Gray set a team record with 45 strikeouts in the first five games of the season, which the team celebrated with a tweet. Not to be outdone, Trevor Bauer, a teammate of Gray’s who is often outspoken on social media, wanted to top it – and he made sure everyone knew by retweeting the Reds with the comment “Hold my beer.” Little did he know beer would become his incentive.
Bauer, 29, has continued to post his opinions online, voicing displeasure with recent negotiations between Major League Baseball and the MLPA – as well as the Houston Astros for the team’s scandal which rocked the baseball community. At the time of his tweet, Bauer had 32 strikeouts through three starts and it caught the attention of Budweiser who tweeted that if he could manage to get 14 over the course of his next two starts, the company would make special cans.
Bauer took notice and accepted the challenge, so with each strikeout during Monday’s game on the road against the Milwaukee Brewers, the former All-Star spelled the word “Buds” in the pitching mound dirt with his cleats to keep tally, completing it with No. 45. He then followed it up with another strikeout not long after, at which point he mimed cracking open a beer can and chugging it.
Keeping to its word, Budeweiser will now release the one-of-a-kind “Cincinnati Buds” can.