The Giants found another use for the Stanley Cup: pitching bucket
When Alexander Ovechkin finally won the Stanley Cup in 2018 with the Capitals after over a decade of failed attempts, he went on a now-legendary journey with the iconic trophy. It's seen many uses over the years, from beverage holder to flower pot to accidental diaper (yes, really).
So, when the cup stopped by Oracle Park on Friday for a promotional appearance, it wasn't out of the ordinary for the Giants to find an innovative new role for the trophy. Turns out, it makes a helpful bucket for pitchers throwing batting practice:
For some reason the Stanley Cup is here, because I guess the airline sent it here instead of St. Louis by mistake. Coaches are using it to store balls for batting practice. #sfgiants pic.twitter.com/njwkI1qIS6— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) May 10, 2019
Unusual, but we like it. It's certainly tall enough to make it easy on whoever's pitching.
Maybe if the nearby Sharks end up making the Stanley Cup Finals and winning, it can make a return appearance under even more glorious circumstances. We know both sides would dig it.
Andrew Mearns is a writer for Cut4 whose baseball obsession was born from the shattered dreams of Mike Mussina's perfect game attempt in 2001. He has a startling memory of World Series highlights that barely functions as a party trick.