Philadelphia third baseman Maikel Franco, like many of his Phillies teammates, found a new way to screw up a baseball game tonight as he hurled his bat into the backstop netting, lodging it there and leading to a series of pathetic attempts to retrieve it.
Preseason football can feel pointless; enough so that those watching are sometimes compelled to turn to more interesting pursuits. Such as having sex on the field, as these bats did in Saturday night’s Lions-Ravens game, captured by Baltimore Sun photographer Karl Ferron:
The San Antonio Spurs had a bat problem prior to Monday night’s game against the Timberwolves, for the second time in six years. (The last time occurred on Halloween, believe it or not.) Instead of pulling Manu Ginobili out of bat-swatting retirement, Spurs’ mascot The Coyote donned an appropriate costume and caught…
Some baseball probably happened in this independent league game between the St. Paul Saints and the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks, but we’re more concerned with this Redhawks player who instead thought he was participating in the hammer throw.
Brennan Boesch, now with the Angels' triple-A team, angered a lot of Fresno Grizzlies fans on the first base side last night. He let go of his bat on a swing, apparently injuring a girl. Then, on the very next pitch, he flung his bat again, and everybody decided he was doing this on purpose.
There are few things more satisfying than seeing a player snap his bat over his knee after a strikeout. Minnesota's Oswaldo Arcia came yesterday through with a good, solid break, with plenty of shrapnel, a sumptuous audible crack, and plenty of replay angles.
After screwing up a bunt in last night's game against the Reds, Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija channeled the irate spirit of Carlos Zambrano and snapped his bat over his leg. SAMARDZIJA MAD.
They say a bat that breaks in the service of a hit "died a hero." Jerry Sands sent a couple soldiers over the top as cannon fodder.
Eileen Depesa thought quickly—and acted quicker, with a one-handed snag of Tyler Flowers's runaway bat that seemed to be heading right for the infant sitting directly behind her. The gentleman next to her, ducking for cover? He did not acquit himself nearly so well.
Have you ever seen a cricket bat break before? Michael Carberry went to hit at the Ashes, and the ball snapped his blade in two. Everyone acts like it's a rare occurrence, so let's call it that.
A bat made an appearance at the Bell Centre at the beginning of Saturday night's Senators-Canadiens game. It was just flapping around, without a care in the world, probably disoriented. You know how bats are.
Superstition? Fetish? We honestly have no idea. Montero went 0-for-5.
And now, some Shameful Moments In Bat-Killing History, courtesy of the bat in the Bradley Center during the Providence-Marquette Game:
Alternate headline: Bats! Bats! Oh God So Many Bats! Exterminators say they'll have the situation under control by the start of Spring Training games, but their solution amounts to building a big house just for the bats just outside the stadium. I hope they release the bats for game-winning home runs, an update of…