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The 9 Best MLB Moments From Sunday

Sunday baseball is the best baseball.

The second weekend of the MLB season is over already and the festivities continued across the league as teams played home openers, rookies flashed their brilliance, and veterans learned a few new things from the umpires, ay Kenley Jansen?! Let’s dive in to Sunday’s action…

 

An Immaculate Start

 

What better way to kick off the best of Sunday’s action than this immaculate innings from Nestor Cortes Jr.? Nine pitches, nine strikes, three outs. Hats off to you, sir. The Yankees starter threw five strong innings, racking up 12 strikeouts but could not prevent his team from going down 5-0 to the Orioles, however. Those Yankee bats remain too quiet.

 

The Longest Set

 

We’ve all done it, right? Checked the stream or switched the channel when we thought the screen to be frozen. Well, unfortunately for the Los Angeles Angels broadcast crew, the cold hard fact that they were broadcasting remotely using the screens was outed in embarrassing fashion. Or does Taylor Hearn have the longest set in baseball?!

 

You have to own a mistake like this, though. The fact that it is just brushed aside despite the viewers nor the commentators not seeing the strikeout is equally as bad. Oh dear!

 

Hugs!

 

What is more lovely than two great baseball players showing their love for each other? The broadcast crew catching it on camera, maybe? The camaraderie between Bo Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. knows no bounds.

 

Hunter On Fire

 

The debut of Hunter Greene made a splash in my article last week, and he is once again featured after a record breaking day in Los Angeles. Facing the Dodgers, Greene set new records for number of pitches above 100 mph (39) and number of pitches above 101 mph (13) in a single game. Pure heat!

 

Robo-Ump Heckling

 

In what could be a blooper scene from The Termintor, a voice heckles the home plate umpire with a premonition from the future in the Rays against White Sox matchup. You have to giggle with sadness.

 

Dumb and Dumber

 

I mean, how stupid can a team and a franchise be? After starlet Fernando Tatis Jr. ruined the start to his and his team’s season by injuring his wrist in a motorbike accident, it was with great surprise that the shortstop was allowed to play a fun game of soccer on the field before Sunday Night Baseball.

 

This could have easily resulted in a broken ankle to go along with an already fragile wrist. Crazy stupid but love.

 

Flash Mob Calling Time

 

In a perfect execution of flash mob artistry, the crowd in Seattle perfectly called for time in unison along with Astros catcher Jason Castro. Well done, people, well done indeed.

 

 

That Aged Well…That Did Not

 

The naysayers have been strong with the prospect of Albert Pujols reaching his milestone 700 home runs before his retirement. But the great man only believes in himself and keeps hitting dingers, especially when they decide to flash the graphic on the screen of how many he remains away from his goal.  Redo the graphic, peeps! 681 down, 19 to go.

 

If Pujols has aged better than anyone expected, then this comment from Cincinnati Reds owner Phil Castellini has not. In argument of the perceived lack of ambition from his ball club after a fire sale in the offseason, the Reds owner defended himself meekly and took a shot at fans at the home opener saying “where else are you gonna go?” for baseball. Yikes, I am sure people are exploring their options now.

 

That Sweet Sound Returns

 

There is no better sound in baseball than the crack of the bat on a ball that is dispatched into the stands. And here we go…

 

Featured Image 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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