In baseball, players are forced to wait around a lot. This is especially true when it comes to relievers, though. Those guys can sit through an entire series without making an appearance, so they have to come up with innovative ways to spend their time.
Enter Nationals lefty Oliver Perez.
Instead of going the normal route and, say, telling classic stories with his teammates or lobbing sunflower seeds at a distant target, the 34-year-old set a new standard in bizarre bullpen activity Tuesday night as his team squared off with the Phillies. What he did, however, is actually really difficult to describe with the written word, so just watch video of it first, and then let's regroup:
The footage seems to show Perez at the end of what must've been an arduous mission, in which he somehow chewed down on a cup in a circular motion with the hopes of transforming it into one, long string. It appears that he accomplished his odd goal, too, because what was once a beverage holder ended up resembling a skinny rope.
The veteran unfortunately took the "L" against Philadelphia, as he allowed the deciding run in a 4-3 result, but he certainly came out on top as far as redefining what can be done with a common drinking accessory. Everyone in the majors can throw a decent fastball, anyhow, but how many can do what Perez accomplished?