Fredbird Defiles Kids Show Co-Host Benes With Sunflower Seed


Normally content to just run around in public not wearing pants, it seems Fredbird may have taken his brand of good-natured deviancy a step or two further, from the mildly humorous to the downright bizarre.

During one of this season’s episodes of Cardinals Kids on Fox Sports Midwest, Fredbird decides that he wants to set a world record so he too can be a champion in something, just like your 2011 St. Louis Cardinals.

So Fredbird sets his sights on sunflower seed spitting, trying to best the world record distance of 68 feet, nine inches. Enter co-host and former Cardinal Andy Benes to help, and what unfolds is not for the weak of stomach.

Perhaps the most disturbing part of this video is that it was on a children’s show; a bird spitting in a man’s mouth – on a children’s show.

I’m trying to imagine how this went down: the producers sitting around a table, brainstorming ideas for the show.

“I’ve got it,” one says. “Let’s have Fredbird give Andy Benes a wet willy!”

“No, that’s gross.” Says another, “Besides, we don’t want to be encouraging that type of behavior in kids. Let’s just have him spit in his mouth.”

“Agreed,” he replies. “There’s nothing weird about that – not at all.”

And since instant replay is the hot topic in baseball right now, it seems fitting for us to go to our very own JSF replay booth for another look, this time in slow motion:



  • Matt Sebek says:

    Should also point out that the producer’s cut of the “sunflower catch” is inaccurate. The toss happens on the 1B line; the catch happens on the 3B line.

  • Chiz says:

    Sebek – What is with your fixation on photos of the top of your head? You’re not as cool as you think.

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