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Wanna see Jared Burton punch Brian Duensing?

Aug 9, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

In the top of the second of the first game of today’s day-night doubleheader against the White Sox, Twins outfielder Chris Colabello homered to right field off of Sox starter John Danks to stake his club to an early 1-0 lead. As the ball landed in the Twins bullpen, it appeared as if reliever Jared Burton sucker punched bullpen mate Brian Duensing in the face.

Phil Miller of the Star Tribune helps provide some context:

When Chris Colabello swung at the John Danks’ second-inning pitch in Game 1, Brian Duensing jumped up in the Twins’ bullpen and yelled at Jared Burton, “C’mon — Punch me! Punch me!”

And that’s how the Twins’ bullpen “brawl,” which you are guaranteed to see on sports highlight shows several times this weekend, got started.

Burton and Duensing have been planning the prank for awhile — since last season, actually, when former Twin Matt Maloney came up with the idea. Noting that relief pitchers are often seen in the background when a home run is hit into the bullpen, Maloney suggested they stage a fight for the cameras to pick up.

Now that is a heck of a prank. Kudos to Burton and Duensing.

(tip of the cap to /r/baseball for the .gif)

  1. brums21 - Aug 9, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Bwahahahaha good one

  2. Bryz - Aug 9, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    They did it again in Game 2 of the doubleheader during Chris Herrmann’s homer.

  3. DJ MC - Aug 10, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    Oh, that’s beautiful.

  4. moogro - Aug 10, 2013 at 1:02 AM


  5. Caught Looking - Aug 10, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    That’s probably one of the few ways for the Twins to be seen on SportsCenter.

    • bla bla bla - Aug 10, 2013 at 4:19 AM

      Sports Center…? Is that still on? Does anyone actually watch it?

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 10, 2013 at 6:34 AM

        I do – and your screenname reminds me of half the SC theme. Bla bla bla – bla bla bla

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 10, 2013 at 8:10 AM

        Fortunately, it is not available in Canada.

      • jimeejohnson - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:21 AM

        Sorta like humidity.

    • sabatimus - Aug 10, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      I prefer to call it Sport Scenter. We all know what the smell is.

  6. decimusprime - Aug 10, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    This is one of the reasons I love baseball! Players actually having fun. You won’t see this in any other sport, at least not with the consistency you get from baseball. Dugout antics, walk-off “beatings”, post game interviews with Gatorade baths and sneaky shaving cream splats! There is some minor league teams that do hilarious things behind guys who are getting interviewed…all with a strait face. We need more of this type of thing, now more than ever, with the dark clouds hanging over our beloved game.

    • provguard - Aug 10, 2013 at 4:25 PM

      I really think that the fun in the dugout helped the Giants to the WS in 2010…Those youngster convert the old veterans into kids having fun…. Baseball will always be my favorite sport….

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