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What a Shaving Cream Pie Feels Like

If you watched the live video last week of Craig Stammen getting smeared in the face with a red towel full of shaving cream, courtesy of John Lannan, you would have noticed that Stammen seemed to be in some discomfort after the incident, asking for a moment to compose himself and repeatedly rubbing at his eyes. In my line of work, we don't often slam bathroom ointments in each other's faces--beer showers are far more common--so I wasn't sure exactly what the experience was like.

"It didn't hurt-hurt," Stammen told me. "It stung my eyes and my nose and my ear....I didn't know it would sting my eyes as bad as it did. It was stinging my eyes all into the plane ride home. I could still feel it in there. It was weird."

I sure don't know this for a fact, but I'm wondering if this pie thing is a generational trend. Just this spring, in this area, we've seen pies for Stammen, Simeon Varlamov, Matt Wieters, David Hernandez, Nolan Reimold, and several other Orioles. The Yankees are starting a cream pie tradition of their own. Middle-aged men are saying it's played out. Was it always so?

"I've never got one," Joe Beimel told me. "I'm too stealthy, too quick."

Stammen said he knew his time was coming, but he wasn't expecting it precisely at that moment. He said he told the MASN producers, "Get the camera off me, I don't want to talk for a while, someone get me a towel," because he couldn't see or hear at the time. He said he's never delivered a shaving cream pie of his own; "but I'm going to," he promised. He said he watched the video later, noting that "I looked like an idiot." And, to satisfy the readers, I asked him why the Nats don't use whipped cream, the way the Yankees reportedly do.

"Probably because there's no whipped cream in the clubhouse," Stammen noted. "Shaving cream's the closest thing they could find."

As for Varlamov, in a recently published Russian-language interview, he recounted his own troubles.

"Sanya Ovechkin came up to me with a sly grin and smiled at me, 'Varlam, dude, congratulations!' I gave him a hug back, and at that moment I was hit is the face with shaving cream. I didn't even see who threw it at me...."

"Alexander Semin," he was told

"So it was Sema?!! I'm glad I closed my eyes" Varlamov replied, crafty Slavic hockey player that he is.

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 24, 2009; 2:09 PM ET
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Hee hee. Sounds like a challenge for the young bucks in our rotation.

Also, excellent investigative work on the whipped cream. :-D


"I've never got one," Joe Beimel told me. "I'm too stealthy, too quick."

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 24, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

He didn't look like an idiot. He looked cute.

Posted by: rachel216 | June 24, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised you can write a shaving cream pie blog entry without mentioning Sean Taylor.
"During Gibbs's final minicamp in early June, Taylor became the victim of a prank that caused a scare. Linebacker LaVar Arrington had sneaked up behind the rookie and shoved a shaving-cream pie into his face. Taylor was momentarily blinded before getting treatment, forcing him to miss practice the following day because of eye irritation. "

Posted by: boywaja | June 26, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

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