Last week, Baltimore Orioles first baseman/third baseman/designated hitter Mark Reynolds broke the record for fastest player to 1,000 career strikeouts. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the record had belonged to Russell Branyan. But Branyan didn't get to set the record until 2010, when he was 34 years old. Large chunks of what might've been a productive career fell through that hole in his swing.
Mark Reynolds has had no such bad luck. He's been a full-time player since he debuted with Arizona in May 2007. In his first full season, 2008, he became the first player to strike out 200 times in a season. In 2009, he broke his own single-season strikeout record: he had 223 Ks. After both milestones, Reynolds responded to inquiring reporters with a question of his own: "So what?" Reynolds evidently believes his accomplishments are not so glorious.
Oh, but they are. Watch his last 100 strikeouts above, set to an orchestral suite.