It took Joe Biagini – the former Giants prospect and current Toronto Blue Jays reliever – just over a month to prove that he’s the oddest man in baseball.
After earning his first major league win on May 3, Biagini authored one of the strangest and funniest post game press conferences in recent memory.
“I like to make it awkward,” Biagini said. “It seems like it’s fun to be a little weird.”
Weird, indeed. The video of the interview, which received nearly 85,000 hits on YouTube after MVP teammate Josh Donaldson tweeted the link, made the previously anonymous rookie an internet star.
“[I like to], you know, mix things up. Hopefully, it allows everyone to enjoy themselves a little bit and step back and kind of appreciate the fun of all this. So, hopefully I’m not rubbing anyone the wrong way,” Biagini said of his interview, which included him deadpanning about his pregame finger-painting exercises.
Born in Redwood City, the Blue Jays reliever/comedian grew up going to games at AT&T Park.
“My dad’s a huge Giants fan so he might not be rooting for me,” Biagini joked to the Canadian Press.
The elder Biagini played a couple of seasons in the Giants farm system in the 1980s, and the son was also a member of San Francisco’s minor league setup as recently as December when the Blue Jays plucked him off the Double-A roster in the Rule 5 draft.
A 26th-round pick out of UC Davis back in 2011, Biagini earned his shot with the Blue Jays by posting a 2.42 ERA in 23 outings (22 starts) for the Richmond Flying Squirrels.
“I definitely thank god for the opportunity that came from that,” Biagini said. “And I’m certainly not complaining about the spot that I’m in now.”
The Giants should have regrets over leaving the righty off the 40-man roster. After shining last summer and recording a 0.93 ERA in his first seven big league relief outings, Biagini would offer the kind of depth that the club badly needs – especially at the back end of the rotation.