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Exciting young prospect Julio Rodríguez slugged his first home run for the Mariners in emphatic style, Aaron Judge walloped two homers in the Yankees 9th straight victory, and Ryan Helsley threw the fastest pitch of the season earning a shutout two-inning save. What a memorable Sunday of baseball!
Julio’s First Dinger!
Yes, it’s taken a while. And yes, it was worth the wait. Seattle Mariners wonderkid Julio Rodríguez launched a three-run bomb 450 feet to center field off Sandy Alcantara in Miami for his first career long ball in the majors. Watch and admire.
.@JRODshow44's first home run in the bigs goes 4️⃣5️⃣0️⃣ feet! #SeaUsRise pic.twitter.com/RsJyltpx9r
— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) May 1, 2022
His teammates were quick to show the young outfielder some love.
✋ SUNDAY FUNDAY 🤚 pic.twitter.com/Xfrq9IYvR6
— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) May 1, 2022
As was the bullpen…
This shot of the bullpen celebrating while Julio rounds the bases is fantastic lol pic.twitter.com/1iw9sOIl4l
— Zach••• (@zachleft) May 2, 2022
And this touching moment with two young fans, who caught the home run ball in the stands, made this the moment of the day. The young Mariners star gifting a signed bat in exchange for the ball that made history. Lovely stuff.
A great moment: look at Julio Rodríguez trading a signed baseball/bat with the kids that caught his first big-league HR ball. Priceless. pic.twitter.com/4vW0sjIJt8
— Daniel Álvarez-Montes (@DanielAlvarezEE) May 1, 2022
All Rise To Nine!
The New York Yankees continue to roll in the American League East – Aaron Judge blasted two home runs in their 6-4 win over the Royals, which was their ninth straight win and gives them the best record in baseball right now.
usually “113.5 MPH EV, 453 feet” would paint a pretty good picture but those measurements just do not do this ridiculous Judge home run justice: pic.twitter.com/XNWczutgfi
— Céspedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) May 1, 2022
Judge’s second home run of the day, and eighth of the season, brings him within one of teammate Anthony Rizzo for most homers in the American League so far in 2022. Pure power rules in the Bronx.
ANOTHER HOME RUN FOR JUDGE pic.twitter.com/lNNx5LDUK0
— Talkin' Yanks (@TalkinYanks) May 1, 2022
Helsley Raises Fire
St. Louis Cardinals reliever Ryan Helsley cranked up the radar gun with this 103 mph fastball in his outing as his team overcame the Arizona Diamondbacks in a close 7-5 victory. Helsley threw eight of his 11 four-seam fastballs over 100 mph as he completed two stellar innings to earn the save with four strikeouts and didn’t allow a hit.
Ryan Helsley. 103mph 🔥 pic.twitter.com/22Eatp0NzC
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) May 1, 2022
Automatic Third Strike
Here it is folks, the first time a batter has been called out for taking too long in the batter’s box prior to a pitch. Jordan Diaz of the Midland Rockhounds, an Oakland A’s affiliate team is the name you need to remember for the quiz show question.
Under no circumstances is this good for baseball. pic.twitter.com/tGKwaLWKqJ
— Jeremy Booth (@_JeremyBooth) May 2, 2022
Best Moments From Yesterday
Miggy And The Magic
This highlight from the telecast of the Dodgers win over the Tigers in which Joe Davis stories a unique learning moment from former Tigers catcher James McCann has to be heard to be believed. And what happens next live in the game is just magic. Miguel Cabrera, you complete baseball!
Alright, this story by @Joe_Davis about Miguel Cabrera is awesome. Can’t script this stuff!
(via @SportsNetLA) pic.twitter.com/yablsumtfp
— Miguel Cabrera’s Bat (Benson) (@Miggysbat) May 1, 2022
Mad Max’s Changing Habits
Sunday Night Baseball had some interesting facts to share about the personality of one of baseball’s most charismatic starting pitchers – Max Scherzer. The Mets ace shared some of his favorite things from when he first entered the league and how they’ve changed in his now 14th season in the Majors. I have to agree with Bobby, here, how do you go from Limp Bizkit to Drake?!
Limp Bizkit / Drake. I am HOWLING pic.twitter.com/fnHbaAKOzl
— Bobby Wagner (@bwags) May 2, 2022
A Bit Of Tape Should Do The Trick
Washington Nationals youngster Lucius Fox had a ripper day during their 11-5 demolition of the San Francisco Giants, gliding round the bases with joy…that is until his helmet kept falling off. The shortstop lost his helmet three times during a couple of base-running sagas, forcing team trainer Paul Lessard to think up a quick fix to stop it happening again.
nats trainer paul lessard had enough after lucius fox’s helmet came off three (3) times while running the bases 😭 pic.twitter.com/pQccErPnBp
— Cut4 (@Cut4) May 1, 2022
The Bahamian-born shortstop picked up his first career hit and stolen base, making a bit of history.
Lucius Fox with his 1st @MLB hit and stolen base.
He’s only the 6th Bahamian-born player in MLB history with a stolen base.@l_fox24 // #NATITUDE pic.twitter.com/wx6bBHxSZX
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) May 1, 2022
It was a worrying day across the league for some of the superstars of the game, starting with none other than Shohei Ohtani, who left the Angels game against the White Sox after appearing to tweak his groin while trying to beat a double play to first base. The key word thrown around after the game was that it was merely “precautionary” – let’s hope so.
Another young superstar, Wander Franco of the Tampa Bay Rays, was scratched from the lineup card an hour before the game yesterday with hamstring tightness. That is one to watch over the next few days.
Bobby Witt Jr. was also removed from the lineup for the Royals prior to the series finale against the Yankees after being hit by a pitch in the wrist the day before.
One superstar who has not managed to avoid a trip to the injured list is Kris Bryant, who said yesterday that he is unlikely to be ready to return when first eligible of Friday. Bummer!
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