The 5 Best MLB Moments from Thursday

Adam Sloate explores the best of Thursday's slate of games.

Happy Friday, everyone! Today is June 11, which means we have about a month until the MLB All-Star Game. There’s a month and one day until the most exciting event of this year’s All-Star break, the Home Run Derby (HRD). There are going to be an absurd amount of records broken at Coors for the HRD this year.

Yesterday was a smaller slate of games, as Thursday tends to be a day when teams get the day off or get a travel day. But, that doesn’t make the slate of games any less fun!

 

Foul Balls are No Laughing Matter

 

Foul balls are a treasure for every fan, regardless of age. Because they’re so great to catch, people can get heated over a foul ball hit in their vicinity, just like these two:

That wasn’t the only fan highlight coming out of Cincinnati:

 

It’s Jesús Aguilar’s World, And We’re Just Living in It

 

Friend of the MLB Moments crew Jesús Aguilar was at it again yesterday, showing Raimel Tapia how to have a good time:

 

Aguilar is such a treat to watch because he looks like he enjoys the little wacky moments of the game (just like the We Love Baseball crew does!), as he did here. The season is really long and there are a lot of plays to be made, so why not have fun with some of them?

 

Kiké got UP!

 

ATTN: Michael Jordan and Nike

I would buy a shoe or a shirt with Kiké Hernandez‘s pose right here as he heroically leaps to avoid a foul ball. Make it happen, please!

 

If Hernandez gets hit by this ball in play, he’s out and the Red Sox lose a great chance to score the game-tying run. But, it’s a good thing he didn’t get hit by this foul ball, because on the very next pitch, Hernandez would come home to score the tying run! It was a great display of athleticism by Hernandez to open the AB and the karma from his little olé really helped out on the 0-1 flyball (and RBI fielding error?) hit by J.D. Martinez.

It’s times like these that remind me just how athletic major leaguers actually are. There aren’t so many humans that can react that quickly to a ball flying off the bat!

 

Brandon Phillips and J.A. Happ Put Their Butts on the Line

 

 

J.A. Happ put his butt on the line to make a sweet play at the plate and prevent a run from being scored. What else is there to say, except it’s a good thing the Twins challenged the play?

 

 

The Epic Conclusion

 

ICYMI: The Women’s College World Series was this week, with Florida State and Oklahoma squaring off in a best-of-3 series to decide the best team in NCAA DI softball.

From yesterday’s winner-take-all Game 3, we had:

#Dingers:

Absolute bomb. 

#TopNotchDefense:

 

#Cellys:

 

More highlights here:

 

Keep watching college softball next year! It’s heckin’ fun!

Also, the Men’s College Super Regionals take place from June 11-14. The final eight teams standing from the Super Regionals will take part in the Men’s College World Series, beginning June 19.

 

Now, get out there and watch some baseball! Watch some MiLB, college, MLB, and everything in between!

 

Photo by Icon Sportswire | Adapted by Justin Paradis (@JustParaDesigns of Twitter)

Adam Sloate

Die-hard Angels fan since birth; misses the good ol' days of Vladdy, Kendrys, and Weaver. Temple University alumnus, UCLA Law student.

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