The isolated life of a professional relief pitcher has to get boring. You might sit in the bullpen for hours, even days, without ever getting in the game. You need to find a way to pass the time, because god forbid you watch every minute of all 162 games. That sounds like torture.
Texas Rangers starting pitcher Derek Holland is learning all about life in the bullpen this season while he’s recovering from a knee injury. During a recent interview with KRLD-FM, Holland talked about what the Rangers pitching staff does (sometimes) to kill time in the bullpen. They play games. They play fart-related games.
“Basically, there are two games. One is called pink eye. That is when you just fart in somebody’s face and they can’t flinch. If they move, there is a penalty for it. This all came from Mark Lowe. ‘Fart Bottle Roulette’ is when you get a bunch of little water bottles, fart into one of them, put them in a bag, shuffle it, and than watch everybody’s reaction. Everybody opens a bottle one by one and it’s the most nerve-wracking thing every because you really don’t want that bottle.”
There you go. Go forth. Fart in bottles. Fart in faces. Be merry.
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