Nick Castellanos‘ Inspiration
When it comes to hitting a baseball, we’re all told that perhaps the most important aspect is seeing the ball. Can’t hit the ball if you can’t see the ball, and one Reds fan made sure to help outfielder Nick Blastellanos see the ball really well.
Nick Castellanos fist bumped a fan after a home run and then let the fan tell the broadcast why after the game
"I told Nick he should imagine Rob Manfred's face on the baseball."
— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) May 16, 2021
First of all, how incredible that Castellanos made sure to acknowledge the fan after the fact and give him an unforgettable moment to begin with, but then to take it a step further and bring the fan onto the field for the post-game interview? Many players would have just pretended to have never heard the fan, but not Castellanos. What a moment for that fan.
Ozzie Albies, Stylist
During a break in the action in the fourth inning of the Braves-Brewers contest, Ozzie Albies and Marcell Ozuna took a moment with third base coach Ron Washington to help show him how to properly display his bling.
I’m not even sure words can do this moment justice. I’m sitting here, watching this on repeat, smiling like an idiot, and I can’t even put into words why this makes me so happy. It’s just good vibes.
Speaking of Fashion…
We’ve been wearing masks for about a year now, and I thought I’d seen it all. Between managers like Dave Roberts and Dusty Baker who can’t seem to get the mask to ever actually cover both their nose and their mouth at the same time, the always awkward dance that umpires do of “oh the manager is getting closer, when should I put my mask on, can I just leave it in my pocket,” and of course, my favorite, the “pull my mask down to yell,” also known as the “I have no idea why I’m supposed to be wearing this thing,” I thought we had seen it all. But boy was I wrong. Blake Lalli, the manager of the AAA Reno Aces, has given us the latest and greatest way to creatively wear your mask.
Blake Lalli, "𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑃𝑒𝑜𝑝𝑙𝑒'𝑠 𝑀𝑎𝑛𝑎𝑔𝑒𝑟" pic.twitter.com/0fKeZG1Pcp
— Reno Aces (@Aces) May 15, 2021
We’ve seen a million different ways of calling the umpires blind, but mimicking them calling a strikeout while wearing the mask over your eyes has to be the best one. This is a major-league-level move, Lalli deserves a promotion for this alone.
Position. Player. Pitching.
This is my favorite part of baseball. Just when we thought the game was so out of hand that we could safely turn it off and go do something else, they find a way to reel us back in. Matt Carpenter has played a lot of positions for the St. Louis Cardinals, five to be exact, and tonight he added a sixth position when he made his pitching debut.
— Michael Harvey (@kennewickmike) May 16, 2021
Now that’s an eephus that would make Zack Greinke jealous.
Far too often, we hear about the side gigs that minor league players have to take to make a living while following their dream of making it to the big leagues. It’s one of the sadder realities of America’s Pastime, and unfortunately, it’s starting to bleed into the big leagues. Just look at what Mookie Betts and Andrew McCutchen have to do to make ends meet.
IMPORTANT: Mookie Betts and Andrew McCutchen recently starred in an episode of Puppy Dog Pals and we are obsessed 🥺 pic.twitter.com/BCkXbReHeX
— Cut4 (@Cut4) May 15, 2021
In all seriousness though, I’m sure these two dads had the biggest smiles on their faces when they got to show their kids, who almost certainly enjoy Puppy Dog Pals more than watching their dads play baseball, that they were in their favorite show. You can tell how giddy both of these guys are to get to tell their children that, yes I’m a multi-hundred-millionaire baseball player, but even better, I’m a character in Puppy Dog Pals. You go Markus Bestie and Cutch.
Photo by Icon Sportswire | Adapted by Justin Paradis (@JustParaDesigns of Twitter)