A fan taking in a Southern Arkansas Muleriders softball game this afternoon used up all of his coordination to make an incredible snag, stretching to catch a homer from the bed of a pickup truck. Overenthused and underprepared, he promptly toppled headfirst out of said pickup truck.
It’s the first week of the baseball season and you know what that means: time to get excited by hyperbolic extrapolations of small sample sizes. Madison Bumgarner is the next Shohei Otani! The White Sox are going to play .500 ball! And Yasiel Puig is back, baby.
Texas Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo unleashed on a Carlos Carrasco offering in Tuesday’s game, and the ball ended up in the middle of the second deck.
The home run factory that is the Baltimore Orioles picked up right where it left off last season in its Opening Day game against the Toronto Blue Jays—the team that beat them in the AL Wild Card game last year. Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 11th inning with two outs and two strikes, the Orioles’ Mark Trumbo feasted…
Giancarlo Stanton broke a 2-2 deadlock by ripping a massive two-run homer off the Dominican Republic’s Ervin Santana. How massive?
Team USA hit two late homers to beat Venezuela 4-2 in pool play at the World Baseball Classic.
Shohei Otani, the most interesting baseball player in the world, did not play at the World Baseball Classic this year, and that sucks. His absence deprived us of the chance to see one of the best hitters and pitchers in Japan in action on the world stage, so for now we’ll just have to settle for this big-ass dong…
Yankees prospect Aaron Judge welcomed us to spring by absolutely crushing a pitch off the scoreboard in Tampa. Thank you, baseball, for making us feel alive again.
How do you like your dingers? Do you like watching the strong man with a bat drive a low hard one that just clears the fence and puts a dang dent in the stadium? Or do you prefer it when the slugger bonks a dong so high into the night sky that it threatens to make contact with alien life? Whatever your tastes are,…
“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.