I am shamed to admit that I have not seen Dude, Where’s My Car?
You would think that like all educated Americans who have taken the time to see the great American classics, I would have seen this masterpiece by now. But I haven’t. I also haven’t seen Glitter. I cannot hang my head any lower.
When Rod Barajas hit a walk-off home run (!!!!!) last night in the bottom of the ninth with the Pirates down two runs with two outs, to send the Pirates over the Nationals, I didn’t get why the Buccos crowded around home plate to welcome him home while making some weird sign with their hands:
But now I know thanks to the Post-Gazette, the origin of sign:
As Barajas rounded third, he found the rest of the team standing with interlocked fingers forming the letter ‘Z,’ a trend that Neil Walker helped start in Atlanta. The sign references Zoltan, a character from the movie “Dude, Where’s My Car?” and a sign now given after a hit.
“We just started doing it, we’ve been raking ever since,” said starter A.J. Burnett, who got Barajas with a shaving-cream pie in the face after his winning homer. “That was my favorite part of the night, seeing 20 guys behind home plate doing that. It shows you what a group we have.”
Here’s the clip!
I’m not gonna lie. I lost my shit a little when he popped a bubble on the one dude’s space suit.
Anyway, if you haven’t seen the home run and the ensuing celebration, watch it here. Watch it all and never let it be said that the Pirates don’t care about winning. These guys care about winning.
When are the Buccos going to break out Blue Steel, is my question. Because seeing 20 guys crowded around home plate to welcome their teammate home while making this face:
… would pretty much make my life.