April 22, 2021 – Something Is Hopping

Something is hopping
at the San Francisco game.
Therapy rabbit.

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.


April 20, 2021 – It’s Almost Two Years

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.

April 19, 2021 – Dodger Forever

Dodger forever
Vin Scully receives a ring
for 2020.

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.

April 18, 2021 – Reach Behind The Back

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.

April 17, 2021 – Line Drive, Tag, And Toss

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.

April 15, 2021 – The Throw To First Base

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.

April 14, 2021 – ‘Twas Almost Perfect

‘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.

April 13, 2021 – Aces On The Mound

Aces on the mound
exceeding expectations
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.