The 7 Best MLB Moments From Sunday

That Sonny Gray backside rub and other fun things from Sunday.

Aggressive Base Throwing…Or Not!

 

Anthony Rizzo is straight up a bad man! This phenomenal play from the Cubs’ first baseman, in which he showed complete disregard for Kole Calhoun’s head by throwing a dart directly at it to get the runner trying to score at the plate, resulted in an unlikely double play. Rizzo fired his throw right at Calhoun, who was running to first, to throw out Nick Ahmed at home plate. Calhoun fell to a heap on the ground then slowly got up and half-heartedly trotted towards first base. Catcher Robinson Chirinos was showing no mercy and easily went back to Rizzo to record the double play. A nice little play from Rizzo with the game tied 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth and the bases loaded.

 

Oh, and here is the exact opposite. Taijuan Walker of the Mets deciding to completely bail on a slow chopper in the infield by making himself believe it was a foul ball and following it up by hurling the ball crazily toward the dugout. The Pirates, who were trailing 3-0 before the play, ended up scoring three runs to tie the game without an out being recorded. Madness. But, it is the Mets after all.

 

Sonny Gray’s Special Rub

 

Well, either this is a blatant abuse of the foreign substance rule or just a creative way to remedy an itchy backside. We like it Sonny Gray, but please confirm with us directly?!

 

Save It, Alex!

 

What an achievement from young Cardinals closer, Alex Reyes. He registered his 24th save of the season yesterday in his 24th career opportunity. A perfect record, which made Major League Baseball history yesterday.

 

It was all smiles and love from his teammates at the end of the game. (And we love this camera!)

 

The Trade Giving Baseball “The Willys”

 

So, about that Willy Adames trade! How’s it going? Let’s go to the stats, shall we? Adames is hitting .341 with eight homers, 26 RBI, and a .422 OBP in his last 35 games. In that time, the Brewers are 22-13 and Adames has a 2.2 fWAR, which is second in the National League.

 

A wink of agreement is certainly warranted. Does anyone love baseball as much as Willy Adames right now? Doubt it.

 

#34

 

We are on full Shohei Ohtani watch, all day and every day. Tomorrow, he is on the mound. Today, he hit home run number 34 on the season. What a time to be alive!

 

One Homer, Four Languages

 

Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts is a talented man both on and off the field. One of his talents is his multilingual tongue, which was put to good use by Buster Olney yesterday when he asked him to give a home run call for teammate Rafael Devers.

 

Smack Those Sunday Scaries

 

Ah, that sweet sound is back after the All-Star break. Your daily dose of dingers does not disappoint.

 

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

Benjamin Haller

A Yorkshireman living in Australia, loving Major League Baseball from afar. As I wait for my A's to build their new stadium, I spend my time coaching soccer, writing for sportbc.blog, and over-analyzing relief pitcher scoring in fantasy baseball. Follow me @benjaminhaller1 for thousands of retweets

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