When the Nationals ended last night’s eighth inning with a triple play against the Giants, few watching realized they’d seen something that literally has never happened before in major league baseball. At least according to SABR, it was the first 3-(3)-5 triple play in MLB history:
The San Diego Padres lost to the Blue Jays last night in a game where Alex Dickerson hit the everliving shit out of a baseball, then lost tonight in incredibly cruel fashion. The game went to extra innings (after Russell Martin bat flipped away getting hit by a pitch), and Matt Kemp smacked a two-run dinger in the top…
While throwing against the Orioles this afternoon, Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia caught his cleat in the dirt and took a little tumble. The fall resulted in a balk and advanced Chris Davis to second base.
I am wary of lapsing into superlatives over every old highlight, but with that qualifier out of the way, this might be the dumbest own goal I have ever seen.
As Paul Howard discovered during his second round at the British Open, golf can be a real big jerk:
There’s so much quality in this Žarko Udovičić goal that you really need to watch the full video over and over to truly appreciate it all:
The U.S. Olympic track & field trials continue to pace the sports periphery, and here’s a clip from today’s javelin event for the heptathlon qualifying. This is Utah State’s Chari Hawkins—a former MWC champion in the event—struggling mightily. Given that it’s javelin, it could have gone worse.
A mostly-uninspired Germany-Italy quarterfinal devolved to a terrible penalty shootout, one finally and mercifully won by Germany after Matteo Darmian became the last of many Italians to choke. He only ever approached the ball thanks to fuckups by Müller, Özil, and Schweinsteiger that forced PK overtime.
Duron Carter aimed for the football version of a Gordie Howe hat trick after the former Ohio State Buckeye (and, briefly, Indianapolis Colt) caught a touchdown pass for the Alouettes before knocking down an Ottawa coach and starting a brawl that resulted in a very Canadian string of penalties.
Minnesota Twins star Miguel Sano is finishing up a rehab assignment with the team’s Triple A affiliate in Rochester, N.Y. It’s a good thing he’s getting plays like this one out of his system before he returns to the big club:
Straight up sports and pop culture mashups are usually bad. But occasionally, they are silly enough to work, like this one, in which Harry Kane’s wayward free kick in England’s pantsing by Iceland gets the Titanic-themed dramatization it deserves.
At this point, it’s pretty hard to dismiss out of hand the notion that Gonzalo Higuaín—unquestionably one of the best forwards in the sport, fresh off a historically great season—might be a sleeper agent embedded in the Argentine national team for the express purpose of bringing the team, the country, and, most of…
Tigers hurler Justin Verlander added another achievement to his list of career accolades today as he allowed four Cleveland home runs in the same inning. We congratulate him on this stunning accomplishment.
Mets outfielder Alejandro de Aza did nearly everything wrong tonight in the tenth inning of New York’s scoreless tie against the Braves: he botched the bunt, didn’t run it out, and then slid into first base—headfirst, even. Good job, good effort!
The Seattle Mariners lost their sixth straight game this afternoon to move below .500 and cap off a long slide in which they’ve gone 8-19 and have been swept three times. Today’s loss was the dumbest. Starter Adrian Sampson injured his elbow warming up for the game but the Mariners managed to dinger their way back…
Here we have Tyrell Clary, a freshman forward who plays for Wallace State in the Alabama Community College Conference, putting on a little dunk show for some school children. Some of the children enjoyed the show more than others:
Look at this photo of Ángel Pagán doing a cool jump to rob Erik Kratz of a dinger. You think he got it? He did not.
Portugal only managed a draw against Austria today in Paris after Cristiano Ronaldo missed a late penalty kick; the Real Madrid superstar then was confronted after the game by an Idiot On The Field who demanded—and apparently got—a selfie with the three-time world player of the year:
Odubel Herrera made a routine fly ball catch to end the eighth inning and flipped the ball to a fan in the outfield stands, which was a kind thing to do, except, yeah, no, that’s not the third out.
The Colorado Rockies are known purveyors of the “Two Guys, One Base” strategy and tonight, they took it too far when Trevor Story ran into Gerardo Parra like an enthused golden retriever going for a ball. He did not get the ball, but he did take out Parra.