Kevin Millar probably expected some attention. Lots of high fives, some hugs, a couple of slaps on the back.
After all, his drought — 182 at-bats with no home runs — came to an end off Kansas City’s D.J. Carrasco in the second inning last night. Millar laced an 1-and-0 pitch, hitting the left-field foul pole in Kauffman Stadium, and embarked on his first home run trot since June 4 (against the Angels’ Scot Shields).
As Millar jogged the bases, his teammates got ready to greet him. But David Ortiz had another idea, waving at the team to sit down, keep quiet, and ignore Millar upon his return. And so Millar, never one to shy from attention, entered a silent dugout and took the brunt of Ortiz’s joke.
(looks like Dale Sveum didn’t get the memo)
The first baseman known in the clubhouse for his sense of humor did not avoid questions about his hitting throughout his struggles to hit the long ball. After using a fantasy football analogy to compare himself to Tom Brady earlier this month, Millar showed up for the Aug. 8 game against Texas to find the enlarged Globe article containing the quotes taped to his locker, which had inside it, a Brady jersey. Millar suited up in his Brady garb and took the field, where he played catch with a football before the game. Manager Terry Francona and general manager Theo Epstein were responsible for the gag, Millar said.
It could be worse. They could show a video of Millar miming to Springsteen on the Jumbotron. One that was filmed last month, I mean.