The Week in GIFs: Bat flips, bobbleheads and a Mike Trout walk-off
The MLB week moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. We've been keeping our eye on the baseball happenings of the last seven days, so here's a guide to get you caught up on the week that was.
I know, I know -- it seems like just yesterday, but last Friday was a week ago. You remember Friday, right? Rangers ace Yu Darvish was working on a perfect game before a controversial seventh-inning popup was ruled an error, leaving him battling for the no-hitter. The ruling was later changed to a hit, but the GIF is still as crazy as ever:
The NFL Draft concluded on Saturday, and while that may not seem particularly relevant to baseball fans, it marked the 47th consecutive year former Indians outfielder Albert Belle was passed over:
Of course, there were other relevant baseball storylines on Saturday. Atlanta defeated the Cubs 2-0 on the back of a seven-strikeout performance from Ervin Santana -- but the game was briefly interupted by a ballboy who clearly mistook Peachtree St. for Peachtree Ave.:
With the weather warming up across the country, summer seems poised to finally make its grand entrance. Of course, summer isn't all hot dogs, swimming pools and Space Camp. It also means mosquitoes.
Thankfully, Reds outfielder and second baseman Skip Schumaker took it upon himself to protect Great American Ball Park from the annoying flying insects:
That's what he's doing there, right?
Oh. Well, at least the Reds won the game.
When the Astros and Rangers face off, the bragging rights for the entire state of Texas are on the line. Thus, it makes sense that players are constantly on the lookout for ways to get an edge in the series.
Meanwhile, in the Subway Series, Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia made his first relief appearance of the season, striking out two batters in 1 1/3 innings of work. He also debuted some excellent dance moves:
Tuesday was a truly eventful day in baseball.
First, Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy went on MLB Now to discuss his strong start to the 2014 season. What happened next will amaze you.
OK, not really -- but it will amuse you:
Then, when it was time to actually play some baseball, bearded Tigers pitcher Joba Chamberlain made sure his team was limber enough to take the field:
Out in Arizona, the D-backs Racing Legends taught Abraham Lincoln an important lesson about trespassing:
But, most importantly: Tuesday was Yasiel Puig bobblehead night. Puig didn't mess around, going 2-3 with a walk and an RBI. Dodger teammate Adrian Gonzalez made sure Puig's stellar performance didn't overshadow the true star of the show -- the bobblehead:
Speaking of people who enjoy flipping their bats, Yankees third baseman and future Hall of Famer Yangervis Solarte ceremonially tossed his hitting implement after drawing a walk against the New York Metropolitans. It was odd:
And then, of course, he followed it up with a home run:
And that brings us to last night.
In the bottom of the third inning of the Marlins-Giants game, San Francisco first baseman Michael Morse went yard off Miami pitcher Nathan Eovaldi. The Giants celebrated with the now-customary Daniel Bryan YES chant.
Well, everyone but Ryan Vogelsong:
It was time to boogie in the Bay Area:
A bit further south, the Angels were trailing the Rays by two runs in the bottom of the ninth when Mike Trout came to the plate with runners at the corners
Yup, it was the Fish God's first career walk-off home run:
That's as good a way to end the week as any.