Who knew that Elliot Johnson was a cut-up? Lurking in the shadows in recent seasons as a part-timer for the Rays and Royals, he has emerged with the Atlanta Braves over the past week and revealed himself to be one of the funniest utility infielders in Major League Baseball.
First, he does a Harry Caray impersonation, which is to say he does an impersonation of Ryan Dempster of the Red Sox doing actor Will Ferrell doing Cubs icon Harry Caray. Yet, I like what Johnson does with it on his own.
Even better: He'll pretend to be a NASCAR driver during a postgame interview. Perhaps it's because he plays for Atlanta now, and Atlanta = NASCAR of course, but Johnson was nearly perfect Tuesday night mimicking a dude in a fire suit talking about making left turns on a big oval. And why not? Johnson had to use his wheels and turn on the speed in racing around the bases for a big triple that scored the only two runs of Atlanta's victory against Cleveland. But the real show came later on Fox Sports South:
"Well, you know, the Time Warner Cable Roadrunner High-Speed Internet car's been running good all day. You gotta say thanks to Chick-fil-A, NAPA Autoparts — they pitched in — they've been great sponsors all year. We had a fast car all day, you knew we were going too fast; We got a little loose in the rear, I guess that's why we were faster. And then once we got out front, I wanted to come in and talk to the crew chief and get it tightened up so that we could make the adjustment once we got ahead, you know, and keep the car on the road and stay off the wall."
Off the wall, unlike Cleveland's Drew Stubbs, am I right? Why just talk boring old baseball, when you can do it through the prism of stock car racing?
A real test down the stretch for Johnson will be if he can do E.T. saying "Ell-i-ot."