— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) October 16, 2016
TORONTO, Ontario – Nothing like being able to bring the only other eyewitness to an injury to a media briefing, even if the eyewitness is a drone. And that drone was the cause of the injury. And that injury caused you to miss your scheduled start in the 2016 American League Championship Series.
After the Cleveland Indians tweeted out Friday afternoon that pitcher Trevor Bauer was pushed back to start ALCS Game 3 due to a finger injury, it was discovered that the injury was a laceration to his pinky finger and needed stitches.
A source told our John Telich that Bauer hurt his finger while working on a drone.
So Bauer brought that drone to media availability in Toronto Sunday. The Indians, who have a 2-0 lead over the Blue Jays in the ALCS are in Toronto for game three, slated for Monday.
According to the Tribe, Bauer was questioned about the identity of the drone sitting in front of him on the table. “Is that the culprit right there?”
His reply: “Yeah, I brought my friend to answer any questions about what happened that I can’t answer.”
At least they’re still friends, even after a fingerful of stitches.
Bauer even explained how the injury happened exactly:
“So I plugged it in, like I’ve done thousands and thousands of times, and for whatever reason it was sitting like this, I was plugging the battery in and my finger happened to be right here, and for whatever reason these three propellers didn’t spin like they were supposed to and this one spun up at max throttle. It never happened to me before. I have no idea why it happened. And my finger just happened to be in the way of the prop and it cut me.”
How did Bauer get interested in drones, anyway?
“So I mean, I think it’s a fairly well-known thing about me and I’m a big nerd. And I like “Star Wars” a lot. So in 2013 I saw a video of these drones with the LED lights on the back of them racing through the forest and it reminded me of the scene on Endor where they’re driving the speeder bikes, and I said, That looks awesome, I’ve got to learn how to do that.”
“So I started teaching myself about it, reading up about it. I was a mechanical engineering major in college, technology and physics and stuff like that has been a passion of mine my entire life. And this is just a great outlet for me to kind of get away from baseball a little bit and enjoy technology.”
Does he think it will affect his start on Monday? Bauer says, “It’s really a non-issue. I’ve been able to throw normally and stuff. Like I said, I’m excited for tomorrow.”
So are we.
Go Tribe! #RallyTogether