MLB Plays and News from Last Week: PWIB Notes for April 20-26

The 2014 MLB season continued to not let us down. 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 Top 10 (or more) PWIB “plays” for the week of April 20-16, 2014—the good, bad and ugly, you decide which:

1)  Our absolutely-without-a-doubt-in-our-mind clip from last week is this truly AWESOME one by some quick on the draw fan. We can’t preface this in any way that does justice to how very cool Jerome Williams is:

2)  This MLB rivalries map is pretty cool. I’m a bit confused though about a few apparent anomalies, mainly the pink west of Rockies territory. There’s a pocket of pink.

3)  Our attempt at a weekly “Aawww!” moment is still going. This one celebrates mom’s birthday. Chris Colabello’s mom was celebrating her birthday at the park when her son belted a homer while she was being interviewed. Not a bad birthday, eh?

4)  This is our “What are the chances of something like this ever happening again” clip. Two trick plays? Nifty, though they resulted in a base-on-balls. Check it out, it’s either impressive or sad, either way it’s entertaining.

5)  Pawtucket’s Corey Brown made a great play and may be losing some money. Not sure if minor leaguers have to pay for damage to a stadium, but Brown definitely gives us a crash course in demolition tactics we don’t suggest others use:

6)  Granted, this will probably end up in our foul ball top 10 of the week too, but when our Twitter feed lit up with two foul ball instances last week, we decided to take the funnier of the two and add it to our top 10 of the week. Here it is: The fan makes valiant effort to get the all, falls over BACKWARDS across a row, struggles to get back up, THEN—as if to add insult to injury—muffs a high five attempt. Sometimes it’s just not your day:

7)  Last week saw a beautiful complete game thrown by hurler Johnny Cueto threw a gem of a complete game (I suppose that statement is redundant?) against the Pirates last week. Check out the highlights:

8)  If you’re going to throw out the first pitch at a game, perhaps a little bit of practice is a good idea? Lakers’ Nick Young (aka Swaggy P) may have swag on the court, but he clearly has no swag in baseball; perhaps this is why the sports stay separate? If this had been a certain humorous baseball movie, we may have heard a famous voice saying, “The pitch is just a bit outside.”

9)  Double plays are a fan favorite. We love them. But sometimes that are just odd and befuddling. This is one of those plays—not unlike this Tigers and Angels one from two weeks ago—that is more odd that exciting:

10) The Diamondbacks are really making themselves easy targets for ridicule, aren’t they? We wanted to make some crack about the irony of the Diamondbacks having a Zombie Night, but figured that was just going to be beating an undead horse. They’re doing a fine job this season of playing like the undead that they don’t need us to point out their un-lively play. True stuff: Did you know that Zombie obsession comes when a culture is feeling metaphorically like a zombie? Is this prophetic then? Regardless, this is just good clean fun, even A.J. Burnett joined in on the undead events:


DISHONORABLE MENTION: The PA person appears to have dropped the proverbial ball on this one. They should have quickly had their people put on Brittney Spears’ “Oops, I did it again” as soon as Yankee’s pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected for have pine tar AGAIN on his body. Seriously, what’s it take to get a clue, Pineda?


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