A lot of classic sayings came to mind on Wednesday when Brendan Tobin, a host on 790-AM The Ticket in Miami, paid off his bet with Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich.
Only one truly applied though as Tobin sat down to literally “eat crow” with Yelich and a host of Marlins fans watching on.
According to the Miami Sun-Sentinel, Tobin was so confident that Yelich would not hit 20 home runs last season that he told his listeners he would literally eat a crow if it happened.
On Sept. 21, Yelich made him regret those words when he connected against the National League Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer. Then, on Wednesday, he went ahead and ate them too.
The bet came about in August, when Yelich was sitting on 11 home runs. With more than two-thirds of the season over and Yelich barely halfway there, it probably seemed like a safe public bet to make. Beyond that, Yelich had never hit more than nine homers in his previous two major league seasons or more than 15 in a minor league season.
A home run binge didn’t seem likely, but Yelich would go on to hit nine in a span of 41 games to hit the milestone.
“People started coming up on the streets: ‘Hey look, here’s the bet, here’s what he did. If you get to 20, he has to eat a crow,’” Yelich told the Sun-Sentinel.
Though Yelich didn’t outright admit it, it sounds like that served as some extra motivation. Not that he needed it. He was already in the midst of an excellent season that netted him a Silver Slugger award and a spot on a handful of MVP ballots. He’s finished the year with a .298/.376/.483 battling line to go with 21 homers and 98 RBIs.
Yelich did his job. To Tobin’s credit, he did his too by eating crow during an appearance at the GameTime sports bar.
By no means did he enjoy it.
But he did it.
— GameTime (@GTPlayers) February 9, 2017
Meanwhile, the rest of us were reminded of an important life lesson.
“Don’t bite off more than you can chew.”
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