The 14 Best MLB Moments of the Week

Strange sunburns, crying children, Mike Trout love, and more!

Judging by the amount of sneezing I’m doing and the amount of “best shape of his life” tweets I’m reading, I think it’s safe to say that Spring is finally here. The coldest winter in baseball’s recent memory is over and now it’s time to sit back and watch the boys play (in meaningless but still totally awesome games).

I don’t know about you, but this is how that makes me feel:

The return of Spring Training doesn’t just bring us in-game action. It brings us plenty to love off the field, as well. Here are some of my favorite moments from the week.

 

MLB Players Are Just Like Us

 

Really. They are. Sure, you have to ignore their freakish talents and physicalities. And their salaries. And their levels of fame. But if you can do all that, they really are just like us. Need some proof?

Just like us, they love Mike Trout and they aren’t afraid of letting the world know it…

Just like us, they sometimes forget to properly apply sunscreen and have to pay a pretty painful price…

Just like us, they have side hustles, turning their passions for, uh, ice cream glove design into marketable schemes…

Just like us, they struggle to find the right balance between work and family life…

And speaking of kids…

 

MLBabies

 

I don’t know if it’s like this every Spring, but a lot of MLB players are having kids right now. In twenty years I’m sure all of these Juniors will be playing for the Blue Jays, but for now, I hope they’re just sleeping, eating, and formulating nuanced opinions on MLB’s extra-inning ghost runner rule.

Congratulations to Kyle Schwarber, who gained a new kid and a new team in the same week…

… and to Gleyber Torres, flexing major Dad-Power…

.. and to Ben Gamel, who hit a homerun RIGHT BEFORE heading to the hospital!

… and to any others that I may have missed. Maybe these kids will grow up to be lawyers. Maybe they’ll grow up to be environmental activists. Or maybe they’ll grow up to be baseball players who can deliver line-up cards to their opposing managers/dads like this…

 

Odds and Ends

 

There were so many great moments that I couldn’t begin to fit them all. But here are just a few more to carry us into the weekend.

For the students of the game, here’s Juan Soto breaking down hitting, and demonstrating the off-the-walls baseball IQ that makes him so much fun to watch…

For those of us who are always hungry, here’s Jacob deGrom just trying to get fed. I wonder how the DeGrominator feels about pineapple as a topping…

For anyone who loves a reunion, here’s one for the ages. Congratulations to Zack and the Royals for a signing all baseball fans can root for…

For anyone who likes a side of weird and creepy with their baseball, here’s a bit on mascot history. Do not look into Chauncey the Rat’s eyes.

You looked into his eyes, didn’t you? I told you not to, but you did it anyway. Well, rest easy– though that terrifying duo made the baseball Twitter rounds this week, the truth of their existence has been called into question. Regardless, I think the Phils should run a one-night-only Phanatic and Chauncey double-billing this season.

Anyway, to make you forget you ever saw Chauncey, let’s wrap up this week’s Best MLB Moments with 35 seconds of the sweet, sweet sounds of Shohei Ohtani giggling…

 

Happy Spring Training, everyone. Let’s remember to take our allergy meds, apply the correct SPF, and tune in for every Spring Dinger available to us.

Baseball is back.

 

Photo by Winston Chen/Unsplash | Adapted by Ethan Kaplan (@DJFreddie10 on Twitter and @EthanMKaplanImages on Instagram)

Sam French

Brooklyn-based writer-- primarily of fiction, sometimes other stuff like baseball. Was once almost ejected from a rec softball game for employing too many infield shifts.

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