When it comes to intimidating opponents, there are several effective methods a major league baseball player could use.
There’s the thousand-yard stare, the extra-sharp cleats — and those dreaded tobacco loogies.
But nothing is more unsettling to an opponent then a well-formed and hypnotic bubble-gum bubble.
The following athletes have their techniques down pat.
This Oakland Athletics pitcher can blow a mean bubble. He also beat lymphoma. Coincidence? Yes.
When you combine his fierce bubbles with that creepy black glove he wears for his injured thumb, this Washington Nationals’ outfielder is just downright frightening.
Kansas City Royals’ catcher Perez may appear to be in severe pain from his massive bubble, but that’s just what he wants opponents to think.
Nothing is more fearsome than a Baltimore Orioles outfielder who can run AND blow bubbles at the same time! I mean, it just plain defies all laws of physics and aerodynamics, I assume.
This Dodgers pitcher and humanitarian can really stress out the other team when his bubbles light up, reminiscent of the Addams Family’s Uncle Fester.
The Atlanta Braves center fielder distracts opponents by making what appears to be a cartoon speech bubble. They can’t help but try to mentally fill in the text, which leads to countless errors in his favor.
MLB veteran and current Cincinnati Reds’ first-base coach Hatcher has been perfecting his power bubble since his pro career began in 1981. His temple bubbles aren’t bad, either.
Many may remember Ward — currently the Diamondbacks’ assistant hitting coach — for the time he broke through the right field wall at Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Stadium in 1998. Nowadays, he’s known for his skillful and supportive coaching style, and his HEAD-SIZED BUBBLES.
And Cardinals center fielder Holiday has the one-two punch of a wicked bubble and a glove on his head, much like the terrifying pickelhaubes worn by Prussian soldiers. Oh, just go “Ask Jeeves” already!