Turning down is the coward's way out. Rick Waits is not a coward.
The 62-year-old Seattle Mariners pitching coach proved this much by stripping down and rocking out to DJ Snake and Lil Jon's "Turn Down for What" during a recent batting practice.
It all started when 6'6" reliever Tom Wilhelmsen tried to catch his coach off guard on the bass drop. Wilhelmsen, a notorious dancer, got in Waits' face and let him know what was happening.
The coach could have crumbled. No one would've blamed him had he backed away slowly from this absurd, spaghetti-limbed giant. That's not how Waits lives his life, however. Retreat was not an option.
Throwing his glove, jacket and glasses to the sky, Waits came back at Wilhelmsen with some ferocity. Did he throw the dice too much? Maybe, but that’s his move. Let the man live.
On a marginally more serious note, it's good to see a man of Waits' advanced years still fighting the turn. Many of his peers have long since turned down, opting for Werther's Originals and a country-fried steak at the Cracker Barrel in lieu of gyrating in the hot summer sun.
Waits is a different breed. He can't turn down. It's not in his DNA.
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