I love watching baseball on Wednesday nights. The work-week is more than halfway done and I’m able to really relax. I’m far enough into my fantasy baseball matchups that I can start to smell the sweet taste of victory. Plus, Survivor airs on Wednesdays and my partner loves Survivor, which gives me plenty of time to disappear and watch all of the best moments baseball has to offer.
And baseball had a lot of best moments to offer last night.
Some of the moments were so stunning they qualified as art. And I mean that literally…
Remember this incredible Mike Trout catch?
— MLB (@MLB) April 20, 2022
And some of them were just so wonderful they made me feel like doing this:
— Cut4 (@Cut4) April 20, 2022
And sometimes, the moments just make you feel vaguely poetic and philosophical about baseball and life.
— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) April 21, 2022
A Farewell at Fenway
Boston started its night by honoring Red Sox icon Jerry Remy, who passed away from lung cancer last October. Remy played seven seasons with the Sox and made the All-Star team in 1978, his first season in Boston.
The Red Sox will honor Jerry Remy before tonight’s game.
The RemDawg played for the Sox from 1978-84 & was one of the toughest guys to strikeout during that time (7.9% K%, #17 in the MLB with at least 3K PAs). He had a .310 BABIP with the Sox, good for #21 behind Paul Molitor. pic.twitter.com/ShMH2dml4H
— Big Sox Guy (@bigsoxguy) April 20, 2022
Standing ovation at Fenway Park as the Red Sox honor Jerry Remy. pic.twitter.com/o8lvXSRKF9
— Boston Strong (@BostonStrong_34) April 15, 2022
Remy wasn’t just a Boston great on the field, of course. He also starred off the field, with a lengthy career as the Red Sox color analyst. And the Sox found the perfect way to honor his broadcast work.
The NESN broadcast booth will forever be the “Jerry Remy Booth.” pic.twitter.com/xCMNnpcKLL
— Red Sox (@RedSox) April 21, 2022
Even more meaningful than that, though, were the loving words shared by those who knew and worked with Remy.
Sean McDonough on his former broadcast partner and dear friend Jerry Remy:
"He was a very good man. There can be no great blessing in life than to know that you are loved. And Jerry left this life knowing he was loved in a way very few have ever experienced."
— WEEI Red Sox Network (@SoxBooth) April 20, 2022
The entire tribute was very touching and I encourage you to go back and watch it. But rather than dwell any more on all of the Red Sox greats who were there to honor Remy, I want to end this moment with one of his most celebrated calls…
— Baseball by BSmile (@BSmile) April 19, 2022
As I started writing this piece Wednesday evening, Miguel Cabrera was in need of four more hits to make it to 3000. I thought it was pretty unlikely I’d have the chance to write about him reaching the milestone. And then he got his first hit, which was an infield single, naturally.
🚨 MIGGY INFIELD SINGLE 🚨
One step closer to history! pic.twitter.com/k7dKOusAxl
— MLB (@MLB) April 20, 2022
And then he got his second hit. And his third. And then I started re-writing an alternative introduction to this entire piece that was Miggy-focused. Alas, he didn’t quite make it there. Still, three hits in one night? Setting him up for his 3000th hit any day now? That’s a pretty special memory.
As is hitting a home run on your birthday. Happy Birthday, Brandon Belt.
The Giants sung happy birthday to Brandon Belt after he rounded the bases for a home run 🤣 pic.twitter.com/nC5ooqW5lK
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) April 20, 2022
As is hitting a home run so far that its reported distance ends in a “00” but starts with a “5.”
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) April 20, 2022
As is doing something no one has ever done before (and then taking a perfect game into the 6th inning).
Shohei Ohtani is the first starting pitcher to bat twice before taking the mound in any game that @baseball_ref has play-by-play data for.
— Jeremy Frank (@MLBRandomStats) April 20, 2022
What Doesn’t Kill Us Makes Us Stronger
Most of the “best MLB moments” tend to be pretty positive moments. Moments of joy, of laughter, of little kids giggling as their favorite player signs their jerseys. Sunshine and roses and Shohei Ohtani doing Shohei Ohtani stuff. It’s pretty rare that these moments focus on pain. On suffering. On hardship. But you know what? Without a little pain, can joy even exist? Without a little suffering and hardship, could the Best MLB Moments exist?
I’m admittedly not the most qualified person to answer that question. The actually most qualified person to answer that question might be this base-runner rounding third. I’m not one for the “unwritten rules of baseball,” but I think it should go without saying that tackling players is no good.
This man forgot what sport he was playing pic.twitter.com/vGpqGmrlgT
— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) April 20, 2022
While we’re on the subject of pain, the seventh level of you-know-where is actually just trying to find (legal) parking in New York City. I’ve gotten a ticket, everyone I know’s gotten a ticket, you’ve probably gotten a ticket, and now Trevor Williams has gotten a ticket, too. Cue the tiny violins. Side note: I’d be happy to talk Trevor through what he’s doing wrong next time, should he need some assistance.
Trevor Williams got his first NYC parking ticket today.
I asked him about it and he goes “I DIDNT SEE THE SIGN, WHAT DID I DO WRONG.” https://t.co/wkZuVLZvA5
— Céspedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) April 20, 2022
And while Trevor’s pain will likely heal quickly, some pain lingers for years. Do you remember when Armando Galarraga’s should-have-been-perfect game was overturned by a bad call? Well, this class from Monmouth University Law sure does. And they are not letting it go.
A Monmouth University Law class submitted an 82-page document to Rob Manfred explaining why Armando Galarraga’s outing should be switched to a perfect game, per @AsburyParkPress
Should the call be overturned? pic.twitter.com/yLqtEdDxvh
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) April 20, 2022
That tweet has me asking a lot of questions, such as “aren’t there more important legal matters for you to be focusing on?” and “wow, why did the document need to be 82 pages long? Was it a flipbook depicting the play?” But you know what? None of that matters. Keep fighting the good fight, Monmouth Law.
Speaking of fighting the good fight, I for one think Oakland A’s fans were fighting the good fight when they caused their team (and its cheap ownership) a little bit of pain in its home opener the other night.
Last night, the Oakland A's Triple-A team, the Las Vegas Aviators, outdrew its own MLB club in attendance.
🏟 Oakland: 3,748
🏟 Las Vegas: 5,607 pic.twitter.com/GNtm6oYGZS
— Front Office Sports (@FOS) April 20, 2022
But, in the name of journalistic integrity, I have to point out that the above numbers are incorrect. Or at least incomplete. After all, they only counted the human population at the Coliseum. They neglected to count the FERAL CATS.
A feral kitty committee of 30-40 feral cats is expanding and “having a field day on the A’s turf” at the Oakland Coliseum, and stadium authorities have decided to simply cede the place to them, but will attempt to have the cats spayed and neutered. https://t.co/JlMsBsHvzq
— SFist (@SFist) April 20, 2022
Need I say more? Need I say it again? Okay, I will: BASEBALL. PUPPIES. Specifically, Shea, the “Mets’ team puppy.”
📸 Shea, the Mets' team puppy, is out and about today, making new friends. pic.twitter.com/O0Mr0nCUsT
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) April 20, 2022
I would desperately like to be your friend, Shea. You seem like a very, very good dog. Exhibit A:
— SNY (@SNYtv) April 20, 2022
And Exhibit B:
— SNY Mets (@SNY_Mets) April 20, 2022
Regardless of what happens with the rest of the season, you’ve made this one successful for the Mets, Shea. Thank you.
And thank you, baseball, for a wonderful Wednesday.
Photo by Icon Sportswire | Adapted by Justin Paradis