When Archie Bradley stepped to the plate with two on and two outs in the bottom of the seventh of Wednesday night's NL Wild Card Game, D-backs fans probably weren't too optimistic about Arizona increasing its lead. That's no knock on Bradley, who's been lights-out as the team's setup man this year -- it's just that, well, he's a reliever, one with a lifetime batting average of .098
The chances of Bradley getting a hit against Rockies reliever Pat Neshek seemed slim. So slim, in fact, that one D-backs fan went so far as to put an Archie Bradley tattoo on the line:
If Archie Bradley plates a run, I'm getting his face tattooed on my back tomorrow.- Jeff Buss (@JBuss9) October 5, 2017
Sure, getting another person's face tattooed on your back is a huge commitment, but come on -- there's no way Bradley would actually come through, right? ... Right?
As you may have heard by now, Bradley laced a two-run triple into the gap in left-center, helping the D-backs to an 11-8 win. And yes, he checked his Twitter mentions after the game:
You better do it- Archie Bradley (@ArchieBradley7) October 5, 2017
Now that it had gone from hypothetical to reality, Jeff was understandably unsure about the whole thing:
I was wondering if you'd see this or not! I don't know if I can go through with it!- Jeff Buss (@JBuss9) October 5, 2017
Might we suggest a compromise: Grow out the Bradley beard for the remainder of the postseason.