Spencer Strider makes his Braves teammates laugh

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Along with having a rocket arm that spits 100 mph fastballs, Spencer Strider has a witty sense of humor that has regularly kept many of his Braves teammates laughing throughout this season.

“He’s a huge ‘Seinfeld’ fan,” Braves starter Ian Anderson said. “He can do characters and stuff like that. He always has something funny coming out of his mouth. It’s a bit sneaky. I don’t know if I was ready for this. »

Strider was selected in the fourth round of the 2020 MLB Draft and didn’t play an actual Minor League game until last year. Yet here he is, two years out of his Clemson days, serving as one of the most important parts of the defending World Series champions’ pitching team.

Strider has spent the better part of the first two months of this season competently fulfilling various backup roles. Over the past week, he’s brought some much-needed stability to fifth in the rotation. Along the way, the Knoxville, Tennessee native quickly found solace at a big league club.

“He’s not afraid to be different,” veteran reliever Darren O’Day said. “Just look at his mustache. He figured out what worked for him and he sticks to it. Part of that quirkiness involves humor and it’s funny.

While Strider created some laughs with some impersonations, his “Seinfeld”-related humor doesn’t really involve impersonating Jerry, George, Kramer, or any of the main characters from the classic series.

“I’m more like if somebody said something stupid in the clubhouse, I’d make it funnier,” Strider said. “I like [‘Seinfeld’ creator] Larry David a lot and “Curb Your Enthusiasm”. I can quote a lot of Seinfeld episodes. I can’t deliver it.

Along with having a blazing fastball and a witty sense of humor, Strider is known for putting one of his legs behind his head while stretching in the weight room.

“My legs would rip if I tried that,” Braves wide receiver Travis d’Arnaud said. “A crazy flex.

It’s remarkable how comfortable Strider has become just two months into his second pro season.

“He comes out of his shell a bit,” Anderson said. “If you can throw 100 in the major leagues, you can do whatever you want.”

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