It's the year of the F-bomb for San Francisco Giants slugger Joc Pederson, who had a rough afternoon against the New York Yankees on Sunday. After homering on Saturday in the Giants' win, Pederson finished 0-for-4 in the series finale.
It happens. Baseball is a game of failures. But why would that stop any professional from screaming "f---" at the top of their lungs in the batter's box after they experience an undesirable outcome during an at-bat?
In the top of the sixth inning with the Yankees leading 4-0, Pederson stepped up to the plate with runners on second and third and two outs. New York just made a pitching change, going from Jimmy Cordero to Ron Marinaccio.
Jhony Brito had gotten Pederson out twice earlier in the game, but all it would've taken was one swing of the bat for the slugger's afternoon to be fully turned around.
But on a 1-0 count, Marinaccio jammed Pederson up and in, inducing a flyout to right field to get out of the inning. Before the fans in attendance could cheer, Pederson's "f---" echoed throughout the stadium. On Psalm Sunday, no less!
Joc Pederson drops f-bomb on live TV after flying out against Yankees
Looks like the Giants' offseason has had an adverse effect on some of the players in the clubhouse. It certainly didn't help that Aaron Judge caught the fly ball to get the final out of the inning. Wonder if Arson is back in the dugout to provide Pederson some emotional support. The Giants ended the day with three hits (all singles) and no runs. Woof.
This isn't anything new for the Giants star, though. During the World Baseball Classic playing for Team Israel, Pederson faced a crucial at-bat against the Dominican Republic in the third inning of pool play with a chance to tie the game. He flied out to left field with a runner in scoring position to end the inning, though, and let out a patented "f---" for the literal world to hear.
Fool the broadcasts once, shame on you. Fool the broadcasts twice? Better switch off those hot mics when Pederson is up in a tight spot.
That's a 6-0 Yankees win, a series win, and a big ol' "f---" to kick off the 2023 season. New York wouldn't have it any other way.