Foul Balls, Flag Burning and Some Great Baseball: PWIB Notes (Week 2)

Week 2 of 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 PWIB Notes for the week of April 6-12, 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”—the good, bad and ugly, you decide which:

1)      Our Top Clip of the Week is our “Karma’s a Bitch” moment, and it goes to the Atlanta Braves who torched Old Glory…in a blaze of glory. Literally. I can only assume Mother Nature isn’t keen on the Braves moving out of the city either. That, or the Braves were hoping it would then catch Turner Field on fire, then they’d have an excuse to move…other than not enough tax breaks. I’m leaning toward the latter actually. I suppose a third option could be domestic terrorism and the reason we now have metal detectors at MLB parks.

2)      Our “AWWWW!!!!!” Moment is another marriage proposal. This one, though, is a bit different: It happened just before the Nation Anthem…and to the singer. It’s a wonder how she managed to get through the song!

3)      The “Ballhawk-Play-As-Often-As-Possible” Clip of the Week again comes from Ballhawk Shawn. This one is for his video showing a trick ballhawks often do. Like these folks or not, you gotta admit, this is pretty darned impressive!

4)      Our “DANG! That’s gonna leave a mark” Moment features Kansas City Royals 2B Omar Infante getting plastered by a pitch. Here’s to no permanent damage and a quick return, Omar!

5)      Then we have this gem for Tigers fans: Evan Reed, reliever, is being investigated for sexual assault. Whether true or not, this is going to be a distraction for the team. What’s worse is, even if the complaint is found to be baseless, people are going to say he’s guilty anyway because the system let a “celebrity” off the hook…again. Judge not lest…Ya know?

6)      Our “Feel Good Moment” came last week when Batboy (yup, THAT “Batboy”) got to throw out the honorary first pitch at a game. Perhaps Hollywood should make a new movie in the Batman franchise? Name it: Batman: Before it Begins?

7)      We baseball fans are a fickle and fanatical group aren’t we? I’m pretty sure we get more offended and do more smack talk than fans in any other sport…save maybe soccer. And this nice little competitive spirit we have was epitomized in a not-so-pleasant, slightly immature bickering match between a San Diego station and Indians fans (who incidentally have great odds for snagging foul balls due to poor attendance numbers. Irony?).

8)      This was an interesting week for Jose Abreu of the White Sox. He gets a two-fer this week. One is for his partial de-nuding of a baseball. The other is for his great teamwork with his catcher to ensure a foul ball was caught for an out:



9)      How about this non-MLB play? Found this gem via Baseball Nation on Vine. Technically he didn’t run out of the baseline. I started wondering if this was actually a game of tag, the return of Break Dancing, or a heads up play. I prefer to think Break Dancing is making a return, and it starts with this player:


10)   It didn’t take long for us to have our first real potential for a scandal (other than the Evan Reed sexual assault allegations). I know the Yankees haven’t exactly been the powerhouse club we’ve come to expect over the last few seasons, but to MAYBE have a “no-no” substance on your hand reeks of desperation…less than two weeks into the season too? IF you’re going to try to give yourself an edge, I guess this is as good a time as any. Michael Pineda, tell us it ain’t an illegal substance. Tell us this is nothing more than a Kenny Rogers mistake.

11)   Gifts from Heaven…or at least the press box. What a nifty things to snag at a baseball game. And of course, as usual, us baseball fans love snagging things at games, so can you blame the guy for his rather overly excited response to getting a scorecard from one of the announcers?


12)   Another “Who Says Women Can’t Play Baseball” Moment: Last week we saw a fantastic heads up play that potentially saved a fan or two from injury, and this week we have another awesome play by a ball girl. Check out the reflexes and natural instincts she has. Heads up play:


DISHONORABLE MENTION: Is it just me or are Baltimore Orioles players getting a bit of an attitude? Kick fans…the people who pay your salary. Oriole OF Adam Jones thinks so, at least if you’re a Yankees fan. While this means most fans would actually support this idea (admit it, most of us love to hate the Yankees!), it’s not exactly the best way to garner support for the game. Fan beatings? Seriously. Yeah, brilliant idea Einstein.


Missed Last Week: Technically, this is last week, but we all know that first rule of fielding it, “Keep your eye on the ball”. I’m pretty sure the exception is while on stairs. Unless you want to be a highlight of stupidity. Does this give new meaning to “dodger“?



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