No game in the world is as tidy and dramatically neat as baseball, with cause and effect, crime and punishment, motive and result, so cleanly defined.
A little bit of humor to start off our Friday.
Early last week, the Pitt softball team decided to video bomb their coach, Holly Aprile, during what appears to be a pre-game interview. They put a creative twist on it too, donning swimming goggles and “swimming” in the background. It’s hilarious to watch, and even better to see the attempt to push through the interview without giggling.
After hitting three homers already on May 21, 1930, Babe Ruth decided to try his hand at switch-hitting. In the ninth inning against the A’s Jack Quinn, Ruth stepped up to the right side of the plate to take his cuts. It quickly became evident that he was no Mickey Mantle, however, as he quickly found himself down by two strikes. Ruth then decided to return to the left side of the plate, but it was too late, and Quinn completed the strikeout.
Given how well they started the season last year, the way the Brewers’ second half of 2014 and the way this season has been going so far has, on more than one occasion, caused me to shake my head in disbelief. But that’s baseball, right? Stuart Shea’s poem below captures the frustration that I’m sure all Brewers fans are experiencing these days.
The team wasn’t good
Before Lucroy went down.
Then they fired the skipper
In hopes of a rebound.
But it’s all in vain,
It’s rebuild time again,
Let’s burn the whole thing to the ground.
Trade Garza, Segura,
Ramirez, and Lind,
And think about Braun,
If a deal’s in the wind.
But just don’t deal Scooter,
There ain’t no one cuter,
And as far as we know, he ain’t sinned.
No one’s gonna give a damn in July if you lost a game in March.
The college baseball teams of Louisiana-Lafayette and Louisiana-Monroe found themselves in the midst of a rain delay on Friday, but they didn’t let the weather get them down. Instead, they opted to pass the time by engaging in what appears to have been an intense game of rock, paper, scissors. Louisiana-Lafayette won that contest, though you would think someone had smashed a walk-off home run the way they celebrated.
When that competition did not pass enough time, they moved on to something even more exciting: a dance-off.
Now there’s some rain delay entertainment!
Mickey Mantle hit his 500th career home run on Mother’s Day, May 14, 1967. In doing so, Mantle fulfilled a promise made to his wife, Merlyn, regarding the timing of the blast. The round trip was hit into the lower deck of the right field corner of the lower deck at Yankee Stadium and made Mantle the sixth player in Major League history to reach the milestone.