2013年9月16日月曜日

Wladimir Balentien's Historical Night In GIFs

Wladimir Balentien broke the new ground in NPB history last night. He broke the great Sadaharu Oh (and Tuffy Rhodes and Alex Cabrera)'s 55 HR record in a single season.

First, let's see the historical HR from 3 different angles.



Then he pumped his fist.

By my count, Balentien trotted around the bases at 25.68 seconds.

After that, he held the banner with the Swallows's mascot which they call "Tsubakuro".


Balentien's mom was pumped, too.

Sadaharu Oh's record stood for 49 years, but 56 HR record by Balentien didn't even last 49 minutes, because he broke it in the very next at-bat with his 57th HR of the season.

Balentien set Arizona League's HR record in 2003. He held it until Joey Gallo broke it last year. His time of not possessing a HR record in any professional baseball league lasted less than 13 months. 

Wladimir Balentien is one of those players who rack up a ridiculous amount of home runs. Last night, he did something no one has ever done in Nippon Professional Baseball's 87-year history. 

2013年9月9日月曜日

Week In GIFs, September 9

Adrian Beltre is never boring to watch. 

Best Rangers of in Oakland.

Josh Donaldson's Twitter handle is @BringerOfRain20, but with this play, he brought tons of wows.

Elvis Andrus home runs and bat flips never get old.

Geovany Soto stole a base. More like Sotolen base, amirite?

These Tigers were having a great moment singing along "Sweet Caroline".

The catcher's pick-off throw hit the batter in the back swing. You'll see this from time to time.

Munenori Kawasaki, a.k.a the king of GIFs, strikes again.


This fan sat behind the plate in Cincinnati clearly enjoyed the game.

Good ol' Alfonso Soriano TOOTBLAN.

And his manager's reaction.

The Pirates played like their 2000s self over the week end. This defensive mistake by Andrew McCutchen is one of those moments.





2013年9月3日火曜日

Week In GIFs, September 2

Travis Blackley has a sweet pick-off move.

#Elvisball

I have a question. What's a balk? 

We always get excited to see he Mariners' old home park getting imploded. So, there you go. 

Raul Ibanez is no better than your softball team's left fielder.

#ProFlex

In case you didn't know... Yu Darvish throws really filthy stuff



And he makes hitters get blind they forget the count. 



Trevor Plouffe, major league third baseman. 


Jurickson Profar goes full Elvis Andrus.

Baseball players collide, sometimes in a weird form.

Eric Young Jr. knows how to run the bases.

Sometimes you got stuck in the dugout bathroom. 

Japanese Rally Squirrel (actually, it was a weasel).