Jared Hughes Converted Me Last Night


I’ve always disliked Jared Hughes. I’m still not really sure why, but the whole thing where he constantly holds his mouth open while pitching, the crotch grabbing, or something else in his demeanor, but he just has always pissed me off. I always thought it was some kind of ridiculous act, just trumped up for the sake of marketing himself, or creating a brand. While watching the game against the Diamondbacks last night, I realized I was wrong. It’s not that Jared Hughes is a guy acting like a tool, it’s not that he’s putting on some crazy act, it’s the fact that Jared Hughes is really, actually, certifiably insane. There is no other possible explanation.

Apr 6, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jared Hughes (48) pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Watching Hughes, I realized that it has to be that he’s just truly crazy. Why would somebody load up the bases with only one out otherwise? He has to be insane. Either that, or he’s a brilliant mastermind, who realized that all of us trying to stay up late with the Pirates game last night needed some tension to keep us interested. Seriously, I hate these west coast games so much. They’re late at night, they’re tiring, and if the Pirates lose it’s absolutely the worst trying to get up the next morning. Awful. See, Jared knew what was up. He hatched an insane plan to keep us awake, sitting up on the edge of our seats, but still kept the Pirates in line for the win. Brilliant. Jared Hughes: #Embracethecrazy