Softball Stereotypes

Given the number of views this video has accumulated, I’m amazed I never came across it before now.  The stereotypes depicted here by Dude Perfect are hilarious — all the more so because we’ve all encountered at least a few of these in our own baseball or softball experiences.   The Nervous Nellys and Outrageous Umpires particularly struck a chord with me.


Mariano Rivera’s Hall of Fame induction speech

As many of you already are aware, The Sandman, Mariano Rivera, was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame a couple weekends ago.  I thoroughly enjoyed listening to his Hall of Fame induction speech.  What a humble guy.


6-year-old Coach Drake loses it after ejection

A friend of mine sent me this video by the Kalamazoo Growlers, and it had me laughing so hard that I just had to share the love.  There is, of course, a whole heap of social commentary to be made about how this video represents the sorts of examples we are setting for our kids.  In terms of pure entertainment, meanwhile, it does provide a couple minutes of comic relief.


Strike Flea, You’re Out!

I remember watching the occasional Pink Panther episode as a kid, and I always enjoyed them.  In this episode, the Pink Panther is transformed into a pitching sensation with a little help from an unlikely source.  Enjoy!


“The Beaning”: Horror Short Documentary

Over the weekend, I watched the latest movie iteration of It, and it prompted my curiosity to do a search of the phrase “baseball horror.”  I didn’t actually expect to find much, but much to my surprise, I found this little documentary (if you can call it that) that ALTER released earlier this year.

To be honest, I cannot say that I’m a particularly big fan of this short little spoof, though it does put forth a weirdly interesting theory.  The video proposes that the death of Ray Chapman as a result of being beaned in the head by Carl Mays was actually a form of occult human sacrifice.  The payoff of the sacrifice?  The rise of the New York Yankees as a baseball empire.

While I do agree with the video’s assertion that baseball can be a form of religion for some folks, the whole occult/human sacrifice bit seems a bit far-fetched to me.  But, here, you can judge for yourself.


James Corden’s Ideas to Make Baseball Fun Again

This clip is from April 2016 from The Late Late Show with James Corden.  The first half of the clip is sports-related, but not actually baseball-specific, so if you want to go straight to the baseball humor, skip to about the 2-minute mark.

This comedic bit was in response to Bryce Harper’s “Make Baseball Fun Again” cap from a couple years ago.  As you would expect from late-night television, some of the jokes are a bit off-color, but he does throw in some pretty good political jabs.


Last play from every World Series 1980-2016

In honor of postseason baseball, here is a video compilation showing the last play of every World Series from 1980 until the making of the video in 2016.  Many of these ended with some pretty routine plays, but there are also some peppered in there that ended in rather exciting fashion.

It’s also amazing to think that in my lifetime, we have seen the two biggest World Series curses in baseball get broken.