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.
LOTS of great action and fun last week! Here are the FoulBallz.com Top 10 (or more) PWIB “plays” for the week of June 22-28, 2014—the good, bad and ugly, you decide which:
1) The “Anaheim” Angels really went all out last week trying to set a world record. And they did it. Their fans broke the previous record for Santa hats by nearly 1000 hats.
2) Military x 3. The MLB is the only sport—or so it seems—that really and truly honors our military veterans. Here’s more proof to this point:
We had one heckuva surprise home coming for one father and son. If you don’t at least tear up from this, you have absolutely no heart whatsoever:
Then another vet got to hang out in the boadcast booth for a while:
And there was also this one, where the umpire went over to a vet to not only thank him for his service, but to give him a ball as well:
3) For the second time this season a Tigers pitcher tossed a complete game. This would never have happened during the reign of Jim Leyland. Thankfully, Brad Ausmus trusts his pitchers more.
4) Speaking of Detroit Tigers, Miguel Cabrera is at it again. The man just LOVES to pick on Adrian Beltre. Beltre got his 2500th hit last week. Unfortunately for the man who hates his head being touched, it was a single against the Tigers. You may remember a while back that Cabrera got to 3rd base and messed with Beltre’s head then. He’s back to the shenanigans.
5) We spoke of a Red Sox curse several times this season, but as any MLB fans knows, the Chicago Cubs are the only team with a curse upon them. There’s been some weirdness this season too, which may have something to do with the field being 100 years old. Regardless of the curse and age of the park, things started disappearing—literally—last week. Not only did the ivy swallow a Darwin Barney double
And then Wrigley Field itself all but disappeared for a bit.
6) There’s been talk that Padres reliever Alex Torres could be a leading candidate to joining the still struggling Detroit Tigers bullpen, but that’s not what got him to the list this week. What gets Torres on the list is that he has become the first MLB pitcher to put on the new helmet cap for pitchers. It’s bulky, but with time it won’t be.
7) Some seriously heads-up playing by Rougned Odor last week. Check out how he ends up making it to 3rd on a dropped 3rd strike! (Really, the overwhelming Tigers plays on the list was unintentional; they just happened to have one of those weeks as they went on a 7-0 tear after a disastrous May.) This is the type of play they seemed to do often last month.
8) We wonder if the kids who were highlighted last week for tasting a baseball they got had seen this clip. Perhaps that’s why they thought it might taste good? Carlos Pena smacks his first homer. See where it landed.
9) Coco Crisp has one of the coolest names in baseball today. He also tops the list with some of the best base running moves, as evidenced here.
10) Man, Yenis Cespedes has an arm! We’ve had his featured a few times this season for that gun he possesses. Well, it’s served him well as seen in this play. With this throw, he became the first outfielder of the season to reach double-digit assists.
11)Back-to-back no-hitters. Not bad! That’s what the Class A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, the Lynchburg Hillcats did last week.
DISHONORABLE MENTION/HALL of SHAME:
1) Dickerson falls after hesitation. Misses in park homer.
2) We’re putting Phillies broadcaster in the “Dishonorable Mention” section because this play was just plain rude. The story set-up: Phillies announcers decide to broadcast from the outfield bleacher area. Tom McCarthy catches a homerun ball in his glove (yes, he had a glove with him while broadcasting out there). McCarthy throws ball back on to field. Why is this here? Because he SHOULD have given it to a kid. It was kinda jerky not to.
3) Lloyd McClendon was the victim of karma last week. After not getting out of the way of a foul ball that would have otherwise been catchable by the Mariners’ catcher Mike Zunino for the third out, the very next pitch went sailing over the wall. Oh Lloyd.
1) We thought about placing the veterans all in here, but we think they deserve to be more front and center, so this week we have no Honorable Mentions.
FUN AND GAMES:
How many times do we 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.
1) Milwaukee Brewer Carlos Gomez decided to have some fun last week. War paint on, he went insane and started attacking his teammates…with a nerf gun.
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