TEMPE - Archie Bradley helped the Arizona Diamondbacks lock down a number of important games during their 2017 playoff season.
On Sunday, he helped the undefeated Arizona State Sun Devils stay lock down their 10th win of the season by becoming the latest celebrity to appear in the men's basketball team's Curtain of Distraction.
The 25-year-old reliever dressed up as Santa and helped distract Vanderbilt's free-throw shooter early in the second half. He also pulled out a wrestling move by delivering an elbow drop reminiscent of The Rock.
The 942 Crew unveiled the Curtain of Distraction in 2013 as a way to distract opponents while attempting free throws in the second half of ASU's home games at Wells Fargo Arena. It has since received national attention from publications such as the New York Times.
The Sun Devils are off to a 9-0 start, their best in over 40 years. Their No. 5 national ranking is their best mark since 1981, and they have a real chance to move up in Monday's rankings.
The 25-year-old Bradley has played in three MLB seasons with the D-backs. His last season was by far his best in the majors, as he posted a 1.73 ERA in 63 games and helped Arizona make its first playoff appearance since 2011. Bradley has become a fan favorite for his fiery competitiveness, including his defense of the D-backs' home field when the rival Dodgers came to town in August.