And we have a happy story to start off the month of February. No, the Dodgers still haven’t re-signed Justin Turner or brought in any other new free agents, but one infamous fan received a gift in the mail over the weekend.
Flashing back to opening weekend in LA, you may not remember catcher Will Smith’s first home run of the season. But you will when you see it, you will…
— Austin Donley (@adonley3) July 25, 2020
Yeah, remember those cardboard cutouts? That was the first time we saw a defenseless cutout assaulted by a Dodger home run in 2020, and we quickly learned the identity of the fan. The cutout was of Austin Donley, who quickly posted on the internet asking the most reasonable question at the time.
Do I get to keep the ball?
Will Smith did him one better and actually sent Donley an autographed bat giving that chapter a happy ending.
— Austin Donley (@adonley3) July 30, 2020
But the story wasn’t over.
Later in the season, Austin’s cutout was once again struck in the head by a Dodger home run. This time off the bat of Mookie Betts.
Heads up play. ? pic.twitter.com/jazCuRqSa0
— MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) September 5, 2020
At least Mookie’s bomb tried to alleviate what surely had to have been a killer pain in the neck…
So, in the year of the cardboard cutout, we meet perhaps the most famous cardboard of them all. And now, finally, that cutout is home.
Reunited at last pic.twitter.com/3INjKETc7v
— Austin Donley (@adonley3) February 1, 2021
Donley posted on Twitter on Sunday that his bruised and battered cardboard likeness mercifully arrived at the safety of his home. A fun little addendum to a championship season in Los Angeles.
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