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From the Gary Sheffield-like bat wiggle to swinging for the fences, Dellin Betances' first at-bat was a riot

Interleague series present the possibility of something we don't get to see all the time: American League relief pitchers hitting. Double switches in the late innings sometimes prevent this from happening, but it definitely did happen in the Yankees' 4-2 win over the Phillies on Monday night. 
Having entered the game in the seventh inning to preserve a 2-1 lead, Dellin Betances wouldn't have had a chance to come to the plate were it not for New York's rally in the eighth. Five batters and two runs later, Betances did get that chance ... and oh man, did he make it count. 
Opting to hit without batting gloves and employ a bat wiggle that would make Gary Sheffield proud, Betances put on a show: 

He may have struck out on three pitches, but it was probably one of the most entertaining strikeouts ever.

As Betances explained to's Bryan Hoch after the game, the Sheffield bat wag was no coincidence:

It'd been a while since Betances stood in the box for an at-bat: 
"I hit in high school, but it's been 12 years. It's just crazy because out of anybody in this clubhouse, I didn't want to hit. I was telling all the pitchers, 'I don't want an AB! It's been 12 years. I'm not going to look good out there.' But it was definitely fun. My teammates got a kick out of it." 
"I'm in favor of this DH thing," Yankees manager Aaron Boone quipped. "That's what I'm thinking. That said, I thought he had some pretty good swings. They were violent, but he was on it. My heart skipped a beat about seven times now watching our pitchers swing the bat. I don't love it.
"It was fun to look at up there with the waggle, and how big he is."
Credit to Betances for standing in there and essentially doing a reverse Santiago Casilla in terms of effort: