Angelo Altavilla savored the fifth home run of his collegiate career.
And he should have: The junior’s shot was monstrous, clearing Hawks Field entirely. It also gave the Nebraska Cornhuskers a much-needed insurance run against conference foes.
But instead of praise, the solo dinger earned the shortstop a seat on the bench and a hilarious look from a teammate.
Angelo Altavilla with a solo shot over the bullpen in right. Took a nice long look at it, which Indiana’s catcher did not appreciate. TV replay showed Darin Erstad saying “don’t ever do that again” as Altavilla got to the dugout. #Huskers lead 5-2 in the 6th
— Chris Basnett (@HuskerExtraCB) May 12, 2018
Then Erstad pulled him out of the game.
Darin Erstad pulled Angelo Altavilla for admiring his long blast last night.
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) May 12, 2018
His teammate’s face behind the manager was just priceless.
Check out Darin Erstad’s reaction after the superb pimp job. My god man. Unclench. pic.twitter.com/9ffFpURXnP
— Parker Hageman (@ParkerHageman) May 12, 2018
Erstad had a unique MLB career. He was the rare first baseman to regularly hit in the leadoff spot in his early days in the majors, and is still the only player to have won a Gold Glove in the outfield (where he won two) and another in the infield.
But aside from those two facts, he’s apparently no fun at all.