Something is hopping
at the San Francisco game.
Inspiration: ‘Am I hallucinating, or is that a rabbit?’ in SF
In the game at San Francisco, broadcasters spotted a couple of fans with a rabbit in the stands. The rabbit is Alex The Great, and is a therapy rabbit. This was his first Giants game.
It’s out of the park
and landing next to the gym
where his parents met.
Inspiration: Bichette HR ball lands where parents met
It’s pretty cool to hit a home run ball. It’s extra cool when it lands where your parents met.
It’s almost two years
since Matt Harvey pitched a win.
The slump is over.
Inspiration: Harvey’s first O’s win ‘a good feeling’
Slumps come and go in baseball. Matt Harvey has been in a slump that has spanned almost two years across three teams. It’s been a long time coming, but everything clicked as he led the Orioles to victory on Tuesday.
Vin Scully receives a ring
Inspiration: Dodger forever: Vin Scully gifted ’20 WS ring
Vin Scully called Dodger games for 67 years, spanning their time in New York and Los Angeles. Even though he retired in 2016, he will always be associated with the team. When the Dodgers won the World Series last year, of course they were going to send Scully a ring.
Reach behind the back
Stumble backwards from the mound
Still make play at first
Inspiration: The weirdest Gold Glove play you’ll ever see
Marcus Stroman went to catch a ball that was hit right back to him, but a little off the mound. He ended up having to reach his glove behind his back to catch it and was a bit off-balance when he threw it to first. It took seven hops to get there, but he got the out.
Line drive, tag, and toss
Votto turns a triple play
in the eighth inning.
Inspiration: Not one, not two … Votto turns TRIPLE play
Spectacular defensive work by Joey Votto as he catches a line drive (the batter is out), tags the runner who had led off first (the runner is out), and notices that the runner who head home never tagged up on third, so he casually tosses the ball to third (and the other runner is out). It’s a triple play in the eighth. I love seeing plays like that since they don’t happen often.
The game had it all:
twelve spectacular innings
filled with excitement.
Inspiration: The 7 craziest moments from LA-SD thriller
I didn’t watch this game, but after reading about it, I may go back and enjoy it later in the season. Any recap I give it won’t provide justice. Just go read the story linked above.
The throw to first base
was bad because the ball went
right through the webbing
Inspiration: Hole in one? Mancini’s glove betrays him
It stinks when you get charged for an error due to an equipment malfunction. When Maikel Franco fielded a ball at third and threw to Trey Mancini at first, it went right through the webbing on Mancini’s glove. The runner was safe at first.
‘Twas almost perfect
until the batter was hit
barely on the foot.
Inspiration: Rodón throws no-no! 2 outs shy of perfecto
Perfect games are rare. We almost had one as Carlos Rodón made it an out into the ninth without allowing a hit. Then his pitch barely hit Roberto Pérez on the foot which put him on base with a HBP. Rodón retired the final batter, so he still gets a complete-game no-hitter. It would have been easy for Pérez to have jumped out of the way of the ball. But that’s just how it goes sometimes.
Aces on the mound
in a pitchers’ duel.
Inspiration: Giolito. Bieber. A clash of aces for the ages
Everyone loves it when the aces for two teams face each other in hopes of an exciting pitchers’ duel. Rarely does the reality match the expectation of the hype. Not when Cleveland’s Shane Bieber and Chicago White Sox’s Lucas Giolito faced each other. Both pitchers went late into the game, neither giving up a run. In the end, the Indians came out on top, 2-0.