The 2014 MLB season continued to not let us down. It’s one of the many things we love about “our” sport. Along with the usual dramatic plays, there were some very colorful things too. And I’m all about colorful…and off-color. Here are our Previous Week in Baseball (PWIB) Notes chalk full of on-field and off-field drama and angst, just like we like our baseball.
Here are the FoulBallz.com Top 10 (or more) PWIB “plays” for the week of May 25-31, 2014—the good, bad and ugly, you decide which:
1) 1566. That’s the number of at bats it took the Phillies’ Ben Revere to smack his first career homerun in “The Bigs”. 357 feet it’s estimated at traveling. Could have been 200 for all anyone cares. He finally hit his first ever homerun. Check it out:
2) Speaking of hitting, how about that George Springer kid playing for the Astros? He’s on a roll. Last week he extended an 11 game hitting streak by pounding out sever homeruns in seven games!
3) LOTS of personal records—career highs and firsts. This last week. LOTS. Here are just a few of them:
- Bartolo Colon: Reached 2000 strike outs. Speaking of Colon, did you see this oddball move?
- Ben Revere: First ever MLB homer.
- Michael Bourn: Cranked hit #1000.
- Ryan Howard: Batted in RBI number 1000.
4) Death threats? Really people? We’re serious. In case you missed it, Brewers outfielder Khris Davis ticked someone off to such an extent they posted a death threat to Twitter. First, what moron offers up a death threat? And what complete idiot does it on Twitter? MLB is handling an investigation into the threat. #AbolishStupidity
5) And how about that Josh Beckett fella? A beautiful no-hitter last Sunday.
6) There are two bats-into-the-stands “plays” last week. This one deserves being here because it was a potentially life-saving move. The other is just plain embarrassing and will be put into the foul balls weekly piece. Check out what this fan did when a bat flew into the seats:
7) We contemplated putting this in the “Dishonorable Mention” section, but concluded that this is just plain sad and embarrassing and oddly funny. The esteemed rapper 50 Cent. Okay, just watch. It’s worth it. We promise:
8) FoulBallz is a veteran owned business. That said, we always take great pride in honoring those who came before and will come after. This first pitch is one of the most beautiful things we have ever seen in baseball; admittedly, it’s only because a World War II veteran did it. For all we care, it could have careened off as bad as the 50 Cent pitch did or worse and we’d still have put this in our Top 10. Thank you for your service and dedication to this great nation of ours, Mr. Milton Greenfield, sir. You are a hero, and this is the least we can do to honor your service:
9) Carlos Gomez was back in the news (Remember the foul ball hitting the boy?). And remember that young lady, clearly a devout Milwaukee Brewers fan and unwavering Gomez fan, who completely lost it when we came over to her a little while back? Gomez apparently got her front row tickets to the May 27 game, came out of the dugout, walked over to Jordan Hynum, handed her a ball then…another touching moment ensued and not a bad pitch at all:
Say what you will about Gomez, but he CLEARLY is a class act when it comes to the fans.
10) Ah. The weekly top 10 for plays and/or foul balls doesn’t seem complete without a mention of Red Sox Nation. Here we go again with the drama. This time is was on the field. David Ortiz gets hit by Tampa Rays pitcher David Price with a stinging fastball. Oritz takes umbrage at it. Brawl ensues. But that’s not the odd part of this; the oddity in it all is that somehow Price was NOT ejected, which understandably made the Red Sox spitting mad. Enjoy this tale of two Davids, one is Goliath in size. And the results were the same, David beat Goliath. It is clear the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox HATE one another. Unless you were under a rock or in a coma, you couldn’t have missed the several brawls and near brawls these two teams had last week (yes, plural…LAST week.):
Here’s the other notable moment earlier in the week:
Can’t say the Red Sox aren’t a passionate group of guys.
11)Here’s a “WOW! That’s a helluva arm!” play(s). Did you see Yoenis Cespedes throw out the runner at home…from right field? Yup. That’s not the impressive part. This is: HE DID IT TWICE…IN THE SAME INNING!
12) Here’s an “Oops. That’s a rookie mistake!” moment. Texas Rangers rookie Luis Sardinas lost count of the count. Inquisitive minds want to know…how’d you forget?
13) How about the team spirit this little guy has? We all need to learn to be such emphatic and happy fans like him. The Los Angeles Dodgers need to get him out there as a side kick to the mascot.
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