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Pedro Strop and Brandon Phillips Have a Great Visual Exchange (VIDEO)

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Pedro Strop is a delightfully excitable fellow on the mound, and, given his role as the Cubs’ primary setup man, he has many an occasion to display his excitability.


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For example, last night, with the Cubs having just taken a one-run lead, the wind blowing out, and Brandon Phillips swinging to try and tie the game, Strop ratcheted up the intensity.

He got a swinging strike to end the at bat and the inning, and showed his excitement. But it’s what Phillips did that made it particularly fun:

It’s hard to tell if Phillips was genuinely applauding Strop, or if it was a little bit of a sarcastic thumbs up given Strop’s celebration in Phillips’ direction.


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Strop certainly wasn’t trying to whoop at Phillips and show him up. Strop, as we’ve seen, simply gets very excited, and it was a big strikeout when the Cubs really needed it. Say what you will of Phillips generally, but that was a pretty solid reaction to something he probably could have taken another way.


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Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.