Oakland Athletics pitcher Liam Hendriks appeared in his first All-Star Game on Tuesday and to celebrate the team took out a full-page ad in The Australian newspaper to congratulate him — but something went awry.
What the Athletics thought was a harmless ad seemingly had a more cheeky meaning.
The ad in the newspaper read: “Green and Gold in Oakland. Perth’s Own Liam Hendriks” with the hashtag #RootedinOakland at the bottom of the page.
The ad also included some of Hendriks' key stats and accomplishments.
The term “rooted” in Australia is slang for the f-word and it appears Hendriks had taken notice.
Press Democrat reporter Phil Barber noted in the beginning of the season that Hendriks was getting a kick out of the campaign.
Barber tweeted that the term “rooted” was a “very, very naughty word in Australia.”