Happy Sunday, folks! We have reached the final day of the first half of the season. React accordingly.
On the bright side, we get to see some of MLB’s most exciting talent compete in the Home Run Derby and the All-Star Game in less than a week. So, that’s pretty cool, I guess.
Yesterday, we had an epic beatdown, foreign substance shenanigans, and dance-offs!
Stop the Match!
The Dodgers showed no mercy last night.
— Ben Porter (@Ben13Porter) July 11, 2021
His name is Big Al and he hits DINGERS! Except… Big Al is swinging at pitches from position players when his team is up by 19 runs? Pujols, who was close with Tony La Russa while they were in St. Louis, might have a little different philosophy on trying to hit homers in blowouts than TLR does.
The Machine took Josh Reddick (!!) deep for a very majestic home run, his second homer of the night (#674 and 675 for his career). The dinger would make the score 22-1 (!!), which ended up being the final score. At least the Diamondbacks didn’t get shut out, right? And, the Diamondbacks avoided setting a record for most lopsided loss in MLB history by a mere 6 runs! Sometimes, it’s the small victories that mean the most.
Foreign Substance Shenanigans
These foreign substance checks continue to be a great source of laughs, especially for innings/plays like these:
Josh Taylor just came in from the bullpen, did not throw a single pitch (Segura picked off for the third out), and got checked for illegal substances anyway lol pic.twitter.com/GqqOy3B8VX
— MLB Foreign Substance Checks (@StickyCheck) July 10, 2021
This has got to be one of those “I’m just here so I don’t get fined” moments for the umpire. It’s a part of the job description.
Regularly Scheduled Shohei Content
ShoTime didn’t do much at the plate yesterday but he still found a reason to make his way onto today’s edition of MLB Moments for his reaction to this ~interesting~ call by the home plate umpire.
— Bally Sports West (@BallySportWest) July 11, 2021
Even when he disagrees with a call, he’s still so darn GIF-able! And relatively nice to the umpire!
By the way:
Game recognize game. pic.twitter.com/Qahw2Z9sWM
— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) July 10, 2021
Just two greats, hanging out in Seattle. Carry on.
Miami looks like an awfully fun place to catch a game with moments like these:
🚨 Dance-off alert! 🚨
— Bally Sports Florida & Bally Sports Sun (@BallySportsFL) July 10, 2021
I’ve been trying to reach the powers that be at PitcherList about hosting a staff-wide dance competition so that I can leave my fellow staff members in the dust. So far, no luck. But stay tuned! Someday, I’ll dance so well that they’ll have no choice but to promote me.
Heartwarming News of the Day
I couldn’t find video footage of this, but you don’t need video footage to recognize someone doing something heroic and kind:
Just put two and two together. This was Joe Ross's dad, who is a doctor. Hero at the ballpark today. https://t.co/DLnfHSZ3jn
— Jesse Dougherty (@dougherty_jesse) July 10, 2021
Nice work, Joe Ross’s dad!
Now, get out there and go do something cool with your Sunday! Watch some baseball. Or, go give someone a life-saving Heimlich.
Photo by Icon Sportswire | Adapted by Justin Paradis (@JustParaDesigns of Twitter)