St. John’s basketball: Amir Garrett makes headlines following viral pitch

Former St. John's basketball fan favorite Amir Garrett tips his hat to his opponent. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Former St. John's basketball fan favorite Amir Garrett tips his hat to his opponent. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

Former St. John’s basketball fan favorite Amir Garrett went viral for a wipeout slider he threw on Monday.

Sometimes all you need is a pep talk from yourself to gain a little confidence and that’s what Amir Garrett gave to himself on Monday night.

Stepping to the mound in the eight inning against the Milwaukee Brewers, Garrett and the Cincinnati Reds are in the midst of playoff chase as the final weekend of the 2020 Major League Baseball approaches.

Holding a 3-2 count on Avisail Garcia, Garrett, who entered the game to record the final out of the seventh inning, gave himself a quick boost of confidence on the mound, which is too graphic to type the specific words on this kid-friendly site.

Nevertheless, the pep talk worked because the former Johnnie was able to get Garcia to swing over the top of a wipeout slider for his second strikeout of the outing.

Amir Garrett was unable to get Christian Yelich out as the right hander issued a four-pitch walk and was then removed from the game.

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Garrett was clearly the talk of social media on Monday night and into Tuesday morning, getting into Twitter arguments with Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy, again which had language not appropriate to be published, but the short lived spat did end on a good note with an edited video of Portnoy hitting a home run of Garrett.

Amir Garrett has been sensational for the Reds this season, posting a 2.70 ERA in 18 appearances with a total of 16 and two-third innings pitched.

The former Red Storm fan favorite has allowed eight hits and five runs this season, four coming via the home run, but Garrett has only issued nine walks and struck out 24 batters as opponents are hitting .145 off him this season.

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Including Tuesday night’s game, the Cincinnati Reds only have five games left in the regular season and have a one game lead over the Philadelphia Phillies for the No. 7 Wild Card spot in the National League.