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Yankees, Adam Ottavino mock his Babe Ruth smack talk in great video

Adam Ottavino made some head-scratching comments during the offseason about how he would dominate a head-to-head match-up with Babe Ruth, and now the pitcher and the New York Yankees are having fun with the regrettable chatter.

Ottavino, who signed a three-year, $27 million with the Yankees in January, raised eyebrows in December when he cast aspersions about the Sultan of Swat’s hitting prowess, arguing he “would strike Babe Ruth out every time,” among other boasts.

“I’m not trying to disrespect him, you know, rest in peace, you know, shout-out to Babe Ruth,” Ottavino said. “But it was a different game, I mean, the guy ate hot dogs and drank beer and did whatever he did. It was just a different game.”

Ottavino later expressed regret over his questionable commentary, saying, “Babe Ruth is probably a name I shouldn’t have used in this example, but I caught a lot of flak for it.”

Evidently not enough flak, as the Yankees, with Ottavino’s involvement, created a brilliant video in which the pitcher has a dream about facing The Babe. The footage is presented in a style befitting of Ruth’s era and it’s fantastic.

Also, to no surprise, Ottavino does not fare as well against Ruth as he once envisioned.

“Did I really say I’d strike Babe Ruth out every time?” Ottavino says in a voiceover, while warming up on the mound at the original Yankee Stadium, while video of Ruth swinging is shown, via the New York Post.

“He’s so much bigger in person,” Ottavino says. “He’s currently hitting .370? And why is right field so short? [It’s] 295 [feet]. Oh, its 490 to center, at least. Wait, how did I get here?”

Ottavino then gives up several home runs to Ruth before sitting up in bed, saying, “What a nightmare.”

In a word, brilliant. Odds are Ottavino has learned his lesson about making such outrageous statements, and the pitcher deserves credit for having such a great sense of humor about his boastful gaffe.