CHICAGO -- Though video of the Tigers' hot-foot practical joke on Don Kelly became a sensation on Sunday's game broadcast and a pregame topic of discussion on Monday, Kelly said he wasn't the intended target of the Justin Verlander gag.
Instead, Kelly said, it was Tigers rookie starter Duane Below. Kelly said Below stepped away just as the prank was being prepared.
"I just happened to be the guy standing next to Below," Kelly said. "It was not intended for me."
Kelly still has the shoe that got ignited, but it shows no damage. Considering the footage that showed a very noticeable flame building on it, even Kelly was surprised.
"I was walking down the dugout, giving high-fives," Kelly said, "and there's a ball of flame coming out of my foot."