“Giancarlo Stanton, what did that baseball do to you?” muses the Marlins’ color commentator. And, well, given the way the baseball was treated—namely, donged so hard you don’t have time to even think Hey wait I thought he was struggling this year? before it gets out of the park—here are some possibilities:
Hideki Matsui has been out of baseball for four years, but the former Yankee still has that oomph—as proven during today’s Old-Timers’ Game in the Bronx, when the slugger crushed a David Cone pitch into the second deck.
Last night in Colorado, whispers rode on the winds coming from the mountains in the west. Those who listened closely could hear a call to action. “Dingers,” the whispers said. “Slake our ancient thirst. Bring us... dingers.”
Angels pitcher Hector Santiago unwisely tried to throw a breaking ball past Nomar Mazara, a big strong rookie who has been doing great things for the Texas Rangers. The ball didn’t really break, because the universe does not reward trickery, and Mazara cleansed it:
Observe a moment of silence for the baseball destroyed by Manny Machado last night. The Orioles infielder bashed it to the train tracks at the Astros’ park.
This is part of an occasional series of slightly belated MLB season previews.
Oakland A’s third baseman Danny Valencia seems destined to have the kind of career that will leave him as A Guy to remember. The 31-year-old entered the league in 2010 and has played for six different teams while fashioning himself into a platoon righty who sends left-handed offerings into the seats. There’s nothing…
Over the years, we have been consistently impressed with Mets pitcher Bartolo Colón’s athletic feats. But nothing he has achieved meets tonight’s highlight, in which the Dominican hurler hits his first career home run after twenty seasons in the majors:
The only thing more shocking than how far Giancarlo Stanton hit this baseball is that it somehow didn’t explode immediately upon contact with the bat. The MLB Statcast-measured numbers: 475 feet, 112.8 mph exit velocity, and 5.5 seconds of hangtime:
Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton is blindingly fast, and seemingly the only way to keep him from using his speed is to keep him off the bases. One way to do that, I guess, is to serve up a home run. But last night not even that could cool down the afterburners.
Alex Rodriguez hit his first home run of the season today in Detroit, giving the Yankees an early lead thanks to A-Rod’s massive dong.
The Rangers held the following contest today for those who put down initial deposits on season tickets: show up to Globe Life Park and smack a ball out of it, and the Rangers would cover the rest of the cost of those tickets. One fan, Byron Anderson, crushed it over the left field fence on his third try. 20 people…
Fan-shot videos of awesome sports moments are always a good time, particularly the morning after the game, when all you want to do is ignore work and relive what you witnessed as many times as possible. With that in mind, here are bunch of videos of Jose Bautista’s game-winning homer, shot by Blue Jays fans.
One creative Blue Jays fan edited together every team home run (through Aug. 26) and set it to Johnny Cash’s version of “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” for an oddly captivating compilation. You’ll find something new to watch with every viewing.
Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo made his major league debut tonight, and I can already tell that he is going to be one of my favorite baseball players. Basically, every time he comes to the plate, Gallo swings as hard as he possibly can. This results in a ludicrous number of strikeouts, but an equally ludicrous…
Kris Bryant has been hitting great since his ignominious introduction to the big leagues. He was batting .282 with six home runs before tonight’s game, and his OPS was 24th best in the majors, which is fantastic for a rookie.
Today in “manager challenges you didn’t expect to see”: Craig Counsell successfully challenging the Brewers’ Khris Davis being called out after hitting a home run. Home plate ump Will Little called Davis out after the Giants appealed, tossing the ball to the plate claiming the Milwaukee outfielder hadn’t touched it…
The Dodgers may be getting spanked by the Padres today at Chavez Ravine, but at least one L.A. fan will go home happy. That’s because this guy in left field not only snagged a home run ball, but he caught his own feat on video. That’s talent. (Send us your video, guy!)
Giancarlo Stanton is a very good baseball man. When he hits the ball, often it leaps off of his bat approaching the speed of light, and goes much farther than any tightly wound lump of cork, yarn, and cowhide has any right to go.