Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Kenta Maeda is a few months removed from his first season in the United States. He had a promising year, as he recorded a 3.48 ERA and 3.58 FIP over 32 starts -- marks that resulted in a third-place finish in National League Rookie of the Year Award voting.
How is Maeda spending his first offseason as a big-league pitcher? By dressing up as an old man and humbling some children on a bizarre Japanese game show, of course:
Here is the full clip.
As best as we can tell, Maeda's disguise was to lure the children into a false state of security. He then took the mound, and blew away an unfortunate youth player with three fastballs before revealing himself to the crowd.
You could ask why, or question the purpose behind Maeda's prank. But it's probably for the best to just enjoy the show.