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Red Sox Pitcher Koji Uehara Nearly Killed Shane Victorino with a High-Five

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Someone better teach Koji Uehara proper high-five form before he kills someone. 

Larry Brown Sports, Yahoo! Sports and many others spotted what has to be the most ecstatic setup man high-five in baseball at the moment. 

Uehara comes out of the game after a successful eighth inning against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. 

Really, there was nothing shocking about the moments before Uehara blasts Shane Victorino with the full force of a man who hasn't mastered the fine art of restrained high-fives. 

The 38-year-old struck out two in an inning of work, which is status quo for a pitcher who boasts one save, 10 holds and a .96 WHIP on the season. 

Also, he is renowned for his energetic post-inning dugout greetings, so every last Red Sox player should be ready with a prepared outstretched palm, or at the very least some armor. 

Victorino has neither and gets every last pound of force from his exuberant pitcher. Thankfully, the outfielder who is currently nursing a tight hamstring seems fine right after and laughs it all off. 

It could be worse:  

Still, this is exactly how you get a player sent straight to the disabled list with a broken jaw or seriously bruised bicep. It's just a good thing he wasn't going in with knuckles or else this might be a far more unfortunate tale altogether. 

In all seriousness, you have to love Uehara and his enthusiasm. If he wants to put every last bit of his soul into slapping five, by all means. 

Someone just make sure Victorino is awake first. 

 

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