The 2014 MLB season continued to not let us down. We say that as if that’s even an option. We all know it’s not. 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.
This week is going to run LONG! LOTS of great action and fun last week! Here are the FoulBallz.com Top 10 (or more) PWIB “plays” for the week of June 8 – 14, 2014—the good, bad and ugly, you decide which:
1) Last season he surprised nearly everyone (EXCEPT FoulBallz, who knew it was coming) when he had an incredible year which resulted in a Cy Young nomination. Last week after 178 unsuccessful attempts, Detroit Tigers ace pitcher Max Scherzer finally completed a full game, on start 179. And this was once amazing fete. With Tigers catcher Bryan Holaday behind the plate, the tandem worked in wonderful unison. Max’s pitches were wonderfully “on”. He pitched quickly too. And here is the result:
2) 1800 strikeouts ain’t too shabby is it? “King Felix” Hernandez. Wow. He did it. And against Evan Longoria.
3) Speaking of Longoria…this is didn’t really happen did it? It’s a fake, right? Maybe for a shaving cream? Cuz that was one VERY CLOSE shave!
4) Yoenis Cespedes has an arm. Anyone who pays attention to the game knows that, but who knew he had THIS kind of arm? Call it a rocket, a bullet or anything else, but this is one of the most spectacular throws ever. And notice that he got Howie Kendrick at home AFTER he bobbled and lost the ball. Lordy.
5) And now we’re back to players switching positions. This time Astros reliever Tony Sipp goes from pitching to right field to pitching. Whatever works, right?
6) Breaking up is generally hard to do. For Jayson Werth, he and Betsy, well it’s just sad. Werth and Betsy were together for 10 years. So imagine how difficult this separation is going to be. Sorry Jayson. We’re sure you’ll find a new Betsy.
8) We LOVE when kids get fouls and homers or players give them one. This young Giants fan is one of those lucky kids who now has one heckuva great memory of baseball. It’s a bummer there’s no apparent video for this, because Bree is adorable!
9) Speaking of young Giants fans, this story blew up our foul ball Twitter feed. Some thought it was a foul ball that hit him, but it was apparently a ground rule double, so it’s here, and it is on this list very deservedly if you do some extra research. After getting peeled by the ball, he sucked it up like a true trooper and stuck around for the rest of the game:
10) Quintin Berry tossed out, but runs bases? Yes. He made a very odd exit after being ejected. He hit a nice single. Then…weirdness happens. ( This one was brought to our attention by @belleobaseball, a @FoulBallzMLB follower and dedicated Detroit Tigers fan. Thanks Holly of belleofbaseball.com!)
We know brawls are part of the game, and we admit they are fun to watch, but they are unnecessary. So our dishonorable mention this week goes to the Orioles and Athletics for this gem: http://wapc.mlb.com/cutfour/2014/06/08/78879862/orioles-and-athletics-benches-clear-after-machado-throws-bat
Last week, the baseball world lost a second great man in as many weeks. Cy Young winning pitcher Bob Welch died. RIP Bob.
FUN AND GAMES:
This is a new addition to our week in review. How many times do we not get to see what players do to keep going and have some fun when at work…or not at work? This is what we are going to start showing you here.
Our first fun and games story has Brandon Moss hitting both a grand slam and a hole-in-one with a single swing. Really, watch this! It’s fun:
A second fun and games story comes from Everth Cabrera and Yasmani Grandal who decided to use a tarp as a slip and slide:
Have a video or picture you feel should get mentioned in our weekly Top 10+? Send us the link or pic with your information and we’ll consider it! Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.