After weeks and weeks of anti-American kneeling protests at NFL games, fans were well overdue for a true display of patriotism at a major sporting event.
And what better place to do that than the World Series? The most American display at Game 5 wasn't former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, who were both in attendance, nor was it any of the players, or even the national anthem.
It was none other than Russian-American prankster Vitaly Zdorovetskiy, who streaked at the game wearing nothing more than American flag tights and American flag socks.
Talk about a Russian conspiracy to meddle in U.S. affairs.
Zdorovetskiy, who has nearly 10 million subscribers to his YouTube channel, was sponsored by the Affluent Co. to do the shirtless streak, his chest emblazoned with his iconic catchphrase, “Villains Never Die.”
As he leaped over the railing and took to the field shortly after Carlos Correa's two-run home run in the seventh inning, the crowd went wilder than it had the entire game.
Zdorovetskiy sprinted across the infield and slid legs-first into second base, dirtying his flag shorts but not his patriotic spirit. Narrowly dodging security, he made a beeline for the outfield, as nearly a dozen security guards chased him from all directions.
The crowd went even crazier when he juked a security guard like a seasoned NFL player, but he was quickly taken down and handcuffed by Houston police after slipping on the wet grass with the cops close behind him.
As police led him off the field and away to jail in Houston, the entire crowd unanimously chanted “USA! USA!” in support of his patriotic display. Houston police even seemed to be amused by the display and released him on $500 bond the next morning.
Who knew it would take a Russian prankster to bring patriotism back to American sports? Let's hope nobody uses this as another claim of a vast Russian conspiracy.
If he was willing to suffer jail time to make a statement, let's hope that the NFL can finally get its act together and show even a shred of our new favorite Russian prankster's American patriotism.