Minnesota Twins veteran outfielder Torii Hunter had a memorable meltdown on Wednesday night, getting kicked out of the game and removing articles of clothing in the process. The cause was thought to be home plate umpire Mark Ripperger's inconsistent strike zone, but Hunter clarified the true reason behind it on Thursday.
"Ripperger told me that Butthead was Beavis' dad. I couldn't believe it. I just lost it."
Beavis and Butthead, of course, are the popular MTV cartoon dirtbags from the 1990s, Their parents were noticeably absent as they dissected music videos and got into various kinds of mischief. Or at least that's what people thought.
"I looked back at him after that called strike three," said Hunter. "And he just stared right back at me and said, 'You know, Butthead was Beavis' dad. Just think about it for a bit.' I went a little nuts, obviously."
Frustrations had been mounting for the Twins, who were in the process of losing their AL Central lead to and getting swept by the Kansas City Royals. Hunter says that might have contributed to his colorful outburst, but it was a secondary factor.
"Yeah, it's been a rough week, especially after we started so well, but that's gonna happen. It's a long season. But, man, can you believe it? Butthead was Beavis' dad. It makes so much sense now, but at the time, in the heat of the moment, I just reacted.
"Butthead is Beavis' dad. Man, that's crazy."