David Bednar, the skilled pitcher of the Pittsburgh Pirates, expressed his gratitude to Clayton Kershaw in a uniquely cool way – by gifting a cooler full of beer.
The Pirate's closing pitcher, despite a commendable performance this season, boasting 16 saves and an impressive 1.36 ERA, was initially not included in this year's All-Star roster. Nonetheless, when the Dodgers announced Kershaw's 15-day injury leave on Monday, Bednar received the uplifting news. He would be making a comeback to his second All-Star Game.
David Bednar replaced Clayton Kershaw on the All-Star roster so he left some beer for Clayton in the Dodgers dugout
— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) July 4, 2023
In a surprising coincidence, the Pirates were due to play against the Dodgers the day following the All-Star announcement, and Bednar seized this opportunity to express his gratitude to Kershaw.
Before the game, Bednar selected a cooler full of Iron City Lights, a popular local beer from Pittsburgh, and presented it to the Dodgers in their visitor's dugout, placing it conveniently on the bench. Accompanying the gift was a personalized, hand-written note from Bednar, which read, "Mr. Kershaw, Pittsburgh's finest beer! Enjoy!"
This admirable and refreshingly cool gesture from a younger player paying tribute to one of the all-time pitching greats is being hailed as a win. It clearly brings a touch of lightness to Kershaw's disappointment of not being able to join his team on the field for the upcoming game in Seattle, scheduled for July 11th.
Kershaw's setback, unfortunately, is only the most recent in a series of injuries that have befallen some of baseball's top players, rendering them unable to participate in the upcoming game. The Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani are also not anticipated to play due to recent injuries. Similarly, Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees, who has not yet made his comeback to the sport following a toe injury sustained more than a month ago, is also on the sidelines.
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