Welcome to Mound Visits, your weekly recap of the best things you might have missed in baseball every week. This week brings us another big baseball bird, Rudy Giuliani getting booed, and STILL NO VLAD. So it’s a real mix of emotions.
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Who Cursed The Young Players?
In the last week, Phillies’ rookie Rhys Hoskins was slumping and now will miss a few weeks thanks to a broken jaw, Ronald Acuña is on the disabled list with an ACL strain and a back bruise, and even though Josh Donaldson has missed the last few games with calf tightness Vlad Guerrero, Jr. still hasn’t gotten a call up to the majors. Or even to Triple A Buffalo.
This is a collective tragedy (as much as sports can be a tragedy), as so much of what was exciting about the end of last year and beginning of this season revolved around these players.
Jose Altuve, Hit Machine
Jose Altuve got hot(ter than normal) and had a 10-for-10 hitting stretch, which set an Astros franchise record and then improved on it. I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t do this in a batting cage. I’ll fully admit I probably couldn’t do this with a tetherball. Maybe I could do it off a tee but I know, deep down, that I’ll clutz it up and trip one time or something.
Anyway, this is impressive and especially so because he did it over multiple games against the Indians.
This Week In Hilariously-On-Point Metaphors
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— FDNYalerts (@FDNYAlerts) May 30, 2018
A Rudy Awakening
This is the part where I am forced to admit that Yankees fans can be good sometimes, because earlier this week they booed the hell out of one-time “America’s Mayor” Rudy Giuliani. At Yankee Stadium. On his birthday. Well done!
Later, he tried to make the situation look better for him by saying “they boo you when they love you” which is about the level of hilarious ignorance we can expect from Giuliani in 2018. This is almost too easy, but:
Panda Sees You Talkin’ Smack
Pablo Sandoval has been playing a bit of second base for the Giants this week, which is a big deal both because he’s not a second baseman and also because he’s not someone anyone would say has a, um, “second baseman’s body.”
But Pablo sees you doubting him, and he gives you a diving play and throw to first PLUS THE FINGER WAG. The finger wag! They started him at second again after this happened, which he earned even if it meant Giants fans were panicking about it all over again.
He might be getting paid by Boston while he plays out the string in San Francisco, but that charm will work in any city.
The landing-into-immediate-throw might be more impressive than the flip itself. The flip is practically instinct, the landing is skill.
“Goose, whose butt did you kiss to get in here anyway?”
There was a goose at the Tigers–Angels game on Wednesday night and he was having a heck of a time eluding capture and touring the ballpark. His night out at the game ended with him smashing into a video board, losing some feathers in the process, and being rescued by a local vet. But before that it looked fun before that!
A goose was on the field in Detroit during a rain delay, and then they tried to get it off the field. So it flew away. And smashed into a video board. pic.twitter.com/BGhZhQ84CB
— Justin Russo (@FlyByKnite) May 31, 2018
Johan Camargo’s Mom Can Do Whatever She Wants On Her Birthday
1. She’s his mom.
2. It’s her birthday.
3. She’s his mom.
Moms can do whatever they want. Especially on their birthday.
She seems so fun.
This Is Just A Cool Picture
Happy Friday. Hopefully your weekend is worthy of this Ohtani celebration.