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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

SI: Watch as Jose Fernandez executes a brilliant pump-fake to deke Braves into running into an out at home plate

If you don’t enjoy watching Jose Fernandez play baseball, you don’t enjoy baseball.  Click through and enjoy.

That Jose Fernandez can pitch with the best in the game is beyond doubt. That he can hit pretty well for a pitcher is no secret either — particularly to the Braves. But who knew he had such presence of mind in the field?

On Wednesday night against the Braves in Miami, with the game still scoreless, Fernandez got into a bit of a jam in the third inning by walking Tyler Pastornicky and allowing a Jason Heyward double. When Ramiro Pena hit a tapper halfway down the third base line and got a great jump out of the box, it appeared as though the Braves would put across the game’s first run, but instead of throwing to first base, Fernandez pump-faked, fooling Pastornicky into breaking for home. While Pastornicky eluded the pitcher’s initial attempt at a tag, Fernandez quickly flipped the ball to catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia in time to nab him. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez considered trying to challenge the call but ultimately did not.

Esoteric Posted: April 29, 2014 at 11:23 PM | 86 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. JRVJ Posted: April 30, 2014 at 08:33 AM (#4697299)
It takes amazing presence of mind to pull off that play.
   2. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: April 30, 2014 at 08:37 AM (#4697301)
That's a nice play by Fernandez but what in hell is Pastornicky doing? I'd be all over my little leaguers for getting suckered in on that one.
   3. McCoy Posted: April 30, 2014 at 08:40 AM (#4697302)
Really? Because it seemed like a pretty bone headed play to me. He had two outs he should have gone to first. Plus when he did decide to go home with it he tried to tag out Pastornicky which almost cost him the out.

Nice play, Hayes. Don't ever bleepin do it again.
   4. escabeche Posted: April 30, 2014 at 08:51 AM (#4697306)
Man, now Manny Machado is going to have to learn how to pitch if he wants to keep up,
   5. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 30, 2014 at 09:21 AM (#4697316)
It looked like his first instinct was to go to first, then he realized he had no play there, so he pulled the ball down and looked for the runner off third. A smart, heads-up play, but it's highly unlikely the pump fake was part of the plan. With two outs, your best option is to always try to get the batter at first.
   6. Greg K Posted: April 30, 2014 at 09:23 AM (#4697317)
It's tough to tell, but I don't think he had a play at first. When the camera cut over, anticipating the throw, it looked like the runner was already on the base.

EDIT: Agree with Tom, I'm not so sure it was a "fake" per se. More like he started to throw, realized he had no play, and seamlessly turned his mind to the runner.
   7. JE (Jason) Posted: April 30, 2014 at 10:11 AM (#4697340)
Agree with 5 and 6.

When playing softball, I find the pump-fake to be quite useful, as runners on second base always want to advance on the throw, no matter that the shortstop or third baseman fielded the ball or how many outs have been recorded. Just last Sunday, I snared a ground ball at short with two outs and a runner on second. As I started bringing my hands up, the ball came out of the glove. I recovered pretty quickly and plucked the ball out of the air but realized that the batter was probably going to beat my throw. I did the pump-fake, caught the runner napping, and tossed the ball to the second baseman. The runner, realizing that he was dead meat, shrugged and made for third base. Alas, the second baseman's throw to third was a piss-poor one and the runner was safe.
   8. Random Transaction Generator Posted: April 30, 2014 at 10:21 AM (#4697348)
   9. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: April 30, 2014 at 10:23 AM (#4697351)
When playing softball, I find the pump-fake to be quite useful, as runners on second base always want to advance on the throw, no matter that the shortstop or third baseman fielded the ball or how many outs have been recorded.


I had a situation like that back in high school. Playing third, I dove to my left to field a ball and came up. Seeing as I never had the strongest arm, I knew I might not get the runner. So I pump-faked, expecting the guy on second to run when he saw it. I tagged him out easily.

But I agree that Fernandez wasn't necessarily thinking that way from the outset, but recognized the opportunity when he decided he might not get the guy at first. Good play.


   10. Brian Posted: April 30, 2014 at 10:24 AM (#4697352)
If you don’t enjoy watching Jose Fernandez play baseball, you don’t enjoy baseball.


Agreed.
   11. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: April 30, 2014 at 10:29 AM (#4697360)
If you don’t enjoy watching Jose Fernandez play baseball, you don’t enjoy baseball.


Die. In a fire.
   12. Foghorn Leghorn Posted: April 30, 2014 at 10:36 AM (#4697368)
Hey some people didn't enjoy Barry Bonds. Or ted Williams
   13. JE (Jason) Posted: April 30, 2014 at 11:02 AM (#4697396)
If you don’t enjoy watching Jose Fernandez play baseball Sam moan in agony after a Braves loss, you don’t enjoy baseball.

Much better.
   14. Xander Posted: April 30, 2014 at 11:15 AM (#4697403)
Really? Because it seemed like a pretty bone headed play to me. He had two outs he should have gone to first. Plus when he did decide to go home with it he tried to tag out Pastornicky which almost cost him the out.
Oh my god, you're insufferable.
   15. Ray (RDP) Posted: April 30, 2014 at 11:26 AM (#4697417)
There's nothing at all impressive about this play. The pump-fake was Plan B, once he realized he didn't have the out at first. This happens routinely on softball and baseball fields across the world. It's so obvious a move that it rarely works on a major league diamond, which is the only reason people think they saw something special here: the runner was dumb enough to fall for it.

If Fernandez actually had the runner at first but gave it up to deke the runner, that would have been impressive.... but not really, since there were two outs so it would have been utterly stupid.
   16. DA Baracus Posted: April 30, 2014 at 11:43 AM (#4697432)
Not a pump fake, it was 2 outs, but yes Fernandez is fun to watch. A shame he has to do it on the Marlins but that won't last long.
   17. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: April 30, 2014 at 11:55 AM (#4697442)
I came here to make a "I see nothing remarkable about it" Ray parody post... but I see Ray already beat me to it.
   18. Greg K Posted: April 30, 2014 at 12:02 PM (#4697448)
There's nothing at all impressive about this play. The pump-fake was Plan B, once he realized he didn't have the out at first.

I think if there's anything remarkable it's how quickly Fernandez transitioned from throwing to first, to turning his attention to the runner. It seems like it should be something every pitcher would do, but we may over-estimate how easy it is to transition from plan A to plan B instantaneously.
   19. McCoy Posted: April 30, 2014 at 12:04 PM (#4697451)
Oh my god, you're insufferable.

You know who isn't? The people that come out of the woodwork to tell you so. Those people are just pleasant and loveable.
   20. Esoteric Posted: April 30, 2014 at 12:21 PM (#4697467)
Nice to see the comments here in this thread reaffirming my faith in humanity. Good show, people, good show.
   21. steagles Posted: April 30, 2014 at 12:30 PM (#4697474)
pretty sure this was already done. in the 7th inning of a tied game that wound up clinching the world series.

but yours seems nice too.
   22. Ray (RDP) Posted: April 30, 2014 at 12:34 PM (#4697478)
Fernandez realized he didn't have the runner at first so he pump faked. Woo, how unbelievable.
   23. Greg K Posted: April 30, 2014 at 12:49 PM (#4697484)
The version of this play I've seen the most is probably a third-baseman come in for a ball, fake the throw to first, then flip to the shortstop who is covering 3B to catch a runner that was straying too far off trying to advance on the throw. There's an added element of teamwork in that one as SS probably should be covering 3B on that play, but they don't always.

I don't think Fernandez deserves a monument erected in his honour by that big dolphin thing for this (though he may deserve it for being awesome at baseball in a general sense), but quick thinking on the field should always be commended I say.
   24. villageidiom Posted: April 30, 2014 at 12:51 PM (#4697486)
Nice to see the comments here in this thread reaffirming my faith in humanity. Good show, people, good show.

My faith in humanity was restored in this thread. Nobody has tried to make the argument that Pastornicky left the baseline to avoid the tag. This is progress.

- - - - -

I like how Ray is introducing superlatives in each post so he can dismiss them.
   25. Publius Publicola Posted: April 30, 2014 at 01:06 PM (#4697497)
There's nothing at all impressive about this play.


So, it was a good defensive play, not a great one?
   26. Ray (RDP) Posted: April 30, 2014 at 01:08 PM (#4697501)
Look, the game has been played at a high level for 150 years, and has been televised extensively for some time. I know this will shock people and I'll be accused of being a wet blanket robot for pointing it out, but there aren't really any truly great plays left to be seen. And in the rare cases that there are, this certainly isn't one of them. The dude pump faked. It is done by beer league softball players every day around the world. I've done it myself as a pitcher, many times. We see major league pitchers and infielders do this all the time. It rarely works because it is done... wait for it... all the time. I'm sure there were two or three weeks back in 1878 where runners were falling for the pump fake repeatedly, but now it is such a routine move that runners have to be really dumb to be caught by it. And when they are it is not a great play by the fielder - it is a boneheaded move by the runner.

I really have to wonder what people are watching, what they've been watching all their lives, whether they've thought at all about what they've been seeing, if they don't understand that (1) they have seen virtually all the great plays there are to be seen -- no left fielder is flying over to right field to snag a drive into the corner; no left fielder is climbing to the top of the Green Monster to save a home run -- and (2) they've seen this move tried many times, and so there's nothing special about it.

Yes, flame away, whatever, call me names. The little girl who pointed out that the Emperor was waltzing around in his underwear was I'm sure flamed on some silly message board as well.
   27. tfbg9 Posted: April 30, 2014 at 01:09 PM (#4697502)
Pedroia did a pretty neat pump fake to (inexplicably) freeze Prince in the Fielder Belly Flop Play from last year's ALCS.
   28. Nasty Nate Posted: April 30, 2014 at 01:13 PM (#4697509)
but there aren't really any truly great plays left to be seen.


A great play that has been seen before is still a great play. You literally may be insane to think otherwise.
   29. Random Transaction Generator Posted: April 30, 2014 at 01:18 PM (#4697515)
I really have to wonder what people are watching, what they've been watching all their lives, whether they've thought at all about what they've been seeing, if they don't understand that (1) they have seen virtually all the great plays there are to be seen -- no left fielder is flying over to right field to snag a drive into the corner; no left fielder is climbing to the top of the Green Monster to save a home run -- and (2) they've seen this move tried many times, and so there's nothing special about it.


So what you seem to be implying is that there really isn't any reason to watch baseball any more (since we've seen everything there is to be seen), we might as well just watch a ticker-update of the plays and examine the final box score at the end.

Why do you bother watching games any more if you feel that way?
   30. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: April 30, 2014 at 01:20 PM (#4697518)
If you don’t enjoy watching Jose Fernandez play baseball, you don’t enjoy baseball are Brian McCann.
   31. Ray (RDP) Posted: April 30, 2014 at 01:21 PM (#4697520)
A great play that has been seen before is still a great play. You literally may be insane to think otherwise.


If it's a "great play" it should be rare, and not able to be performed every day by softball players with beer guts. This play was neither rare nor great. Did you watch it? He pump faked and then turned around to find that Christmas had come early.
   32. Ray (RDP) Posted: April 30, 2014 at 01:23 PM (#4697525)
So what you seem to be implying is that there really isn't any reason to watch baseball any more (since we've seen everything there is to be seen), we might as well just watch a ticker-update of the plays and examine the final box score at the end.

Why do you bother watching games any more if you feel that way?


I watch the games to see competition at a high level. No, my position is not that "we've seen everything there is to be seen"; whether the A's beat the Tigers tonight (or whoever they're playing) has not yet been seen.
   33. DCA Posted: April 30, 2014 at 01:24 PM (#4697526)
Best fake I've seen was game 1 of the 1989 NLCS. At the 1:59 mark on video "1989 NLCS, Game 1: Giants @ Cubs" here.
   34. Publius Publicola Posted: April 30, 2014 at 01:24 PM (#4697527)
If it's a "great play" it should be rare, and not able to be performed every day by softball players with beer guts.


If the guy getting thrown out is also a beer league softball player with a gut who is no athlete at all, doesn't that analogy kind of fall flat? wouldn't it be a lot harder to pull off against another major leaguer, who is a great athlete and a savvy ballplayer? Doesn't that seem like common sense to you?
   35. Rants Mulliniks Posted: April 30, 2014 at 01:32 PM (#4697535)
I thought it was notable, but nothing special. If we're just talking about yesterday's games, I thought Bautista's throw to nail Aoki at third to complete the double play was better.

Just because a play is unusual doesn't mean it requires any great deal of skill or awareness. That said, Fernandez is obviously an immense talent and a joy to watch.

   36. Athletic Supporter can feel the slow rot Posted: April 30, 2014 at 01:33 PM (#4697537)
[30] Apparently Brian McCann has a number of sock puppets on this board.

Seriously, guys, this is a really cool play, the intro is accurate -- you guys must not like baseball.
   37. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 30, 2014 at 01:41 PM (#4697547)
This thread is a perfect summary of the internet.
   38. Greg K Posted: April 30, 2014 at 01:59 PM (#4697563)
I thought it was notable, but nothing special. If we're just talking about yesterday's games, I thought Bautista's throw to nail Aoki at third to complete the double play was better.

That was a really nice play. I thought Tabler and Martinez under-sold it. They blamed Aoki (who, frankly, had a terrible game all round) for running on Bautista. But there was one out (once Bautista caught the ball), which is I think the ideal time to be trying to get from second to third. More importantly, although it was shallow, Bautista was moving towards the rightfield line to make the catch. He had circle around after the catch and throw against his momentum. I don't blame Aoki at all, I just think Bautista made a very impressive play.
   39. Barnaby Jones Posted: April 30, 2014 at 02:01 PM (#4697566)
The beauty of BBTF in full effect:

A player does something allegedly disrespectful. And then:

1) A player on the other team points this out, in a not particularly aggressive manner (other players on his team, however, seemed to be taking crazy pills).
2) The player's manager says the player was wrong.
3) The player's teammates say he was wrong.
4) The player himself says he was wrong.
5) The player says he is friends with the player in item 1 and that he agreed with what the player said

BBTF reaction:

The player in 1) is a monster who hates both fun and Jose Fernandez.
   40. Publius Publicola Posted: April 30, 2014 at 02:03 PM (#4697570)
I thought Bautista's throw to nail Aoki at third to complete the double play was better.


Just spitballing here but Bautista plays for a Canadian team, correct?
   41. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: April 30, 2014 at 02:07 PM (#4697571)
Seriously, guys, this is a really cool play, the intro is accurate -- you guys must not like baseball.

Nice play indeed. 'Fredi's out, he may challenge'. Barf.

Edit: #39 - I think he probably shrugs that one off, but the blocking home plate on Gomez's homer really left us no choice. At some point you just have to call a douche, a douche.
   42. Random Transaction Generator Posted: April 30, 2014 at 02:09 PM (#4697574)
I watch the games to see competition at a high level. No, my position is not that "we've seen everything there is to be seen"; whether the A's beat the Tigers tonight (or whoever they're playing) has not yet been seen.


But if you are actually watching the games, then the great plays that occur in the game have already happened hundreds of times, and are therefore not interesting.
("they've seen this move tried many times, and so there's nothing special about it. ")
All that is left are the mundane plays and obviously those have happened thousands of times and are therefore not interesting.
That eliminates all the plays in a game, so you don't need to bother watching it (since you've seen them many times ("great plays") or thousands of times (mundane plays)).

The result (A's beat Tigers) can be determined hours later by looking at the box score.
   43. Esoteric Posted: April 30, 2014 at 02:10 PM (#4697575)
This thread is a perfect summary of the internet.
It really is.

Here's the thing: I can understand an argument which says "well this wasn't the most AMAZING THING EVER." Fair enough. It's not like that college outfielder who did a flying somersault to catch a flyball and then neatly rolled right back onto his feet like it wasn't any big deal (LINK HERE). But it's still a damn impressive bang-bang sort of move of the sort combining both maturity AND reflex-level instincts that you don't often see from 21-year-old kids in the pros. It's fun. Jose Fernandez is fun.

Not everything in the world needs to be pissed all over as an exercise in proving the pisser's superior observational and critical acumen.
   44. Esoteric Posted: April 30, 2014 at 02:14 PM (#4697581)
BTW, I would be interested in seeing what Ray thinks about the catch I linked to (from Jon Bois' invaluable GIF Oracle on SBNation) in #43. Ray, do you think THAT is an impressive catch? Because I'll tell you, I don't think I've ever seen that one before, whether in the Majors, minors, college, beer-league, or anywhere.
   45. Greg K Posted: April 30, 2014 at 02:17 PM (#4697587)
BTW, I would be interested in seeing what Ray thinks about the catch I linked to (from Jon Bois' invaluable GIF Oracle on SBNation) in #43. Ray, do you think THAT is an impressive catch? Because I'll tell you, I don't think I've ever seen that one before, whether in the Majors, minors, college, beer-league, or anywhere.

I think that one was linked here when it happened, and elicited pretty much the same thread "player makes great play" posts always elicit here.
   46. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: April 30, 2014 at 02:24 PM (#4697590)
I'm not sure why people engage Ray on this stuff. For better or worse he is predictable and consistent on these things. It's confusing and a little sad because he doesn't seem to enjoy baseball but so be it.

I don't think this was a great play but it was a fun play. That Ray and perhaps some other folks don't enjoy it doesn't reduce my enjoyment of it.
   47. Greg K Posted: April 30, 2014 at 02:24 PM (#4697591)
Ah here it is.

I stand corrected. There is unanimous acclaim for the catch (ranging from "very good" to "great"), the only disputed element is the authenticity of the strut afterwards.
   48. Esoteric Posted: April 30, 2014 at 02:25 PM (#4697592)
Here's another college-level catch that might be one of the greatest things I've ever seen -- and to be fair, it's made possible by the physical realities of the ballpark (i.e. the LF wall separating the bullpen is high enough to leap): Derrick Salberg.

Best part about that one is that it was made in the bottom of the 9th with two outs, a man on, and a 4-2 lead. A game-saver on top of everything else.
   49. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: April 30, 2014 at 02:25 PM (#4697593)
The instant I saw the title, I knew before I ever clicked on the link that it would set off The Psychopath.
   50. Barnaby Jones Posted: April 30, 2014 at 02:26 PM (#4697595)
Edit: #39 - I think he probably shrugs that one off, but the blocking home plate on Gomez's homer really left us no choice. At some point you just have to call a douche, a douche.


I think the semi-common BBTF high-horse position on the Gomez incident is also absurd, but there's no reason to rehash that. It doesn't really have any bearing the "Brian McCann was a crazy rule-nazi towards and hates Jose Fernandez" meme perpetuated both in the article and in this thread. That not what happened.

Now if people want to say Chris Johnson hates Jose Fernandez...
   51. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: April 30, 2014 at 02:29 PM (#4697600)
I liked this one.

In that case, the fact that it happened to preserve a 4-2 game with two outs and a runner on in the ninth just added to its wow factor.

Edit: Too late.
   52. Esoteric Posted: April 30, 2014 at 02:30 PM (#4697604)
I liked this one.

In that case, the fact that it happened to preserve a 4-2 game with a runner on in the ninth just added to its wow factor.
In lieu of a Coke I'll take a Diet Sunkist, if you don't mind. :-)
   53. bobm Posted: April 30, 2014 at 02:33 PM (#4697609)
ETA: @43, @45

This one?

http://www.baseballthinkfactory.org/newsstand/discussion/busbee_this_college_kids_dive-somersault-strut_catch_is_the_best_snag_of_20
   54. Ray (RDP) Posted: April 30, 2014 at 02:39 PM (#4697613)
I'm not sure why people engage Ray on this stuff. For better or worse he is predictable and consistent on these things. It's confusing and a little sad because he doesn't seem to enjoy baseball but so be it.

I don't think this was a great play but it was a fun play. That Ray and perhaps some other folks don't enjoy it doesn't reduce my enjoyment of it.


The discussion was not about whether the play was enjoyable but whether it was a great play.

The play was fun and entertaining (or would have been had I been watching the game when it happened). I didn't think I was commenting on that.
   55. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili(Teddy F. Ballgame) Posted: April 30, 2014 at 02:43 PM (#4697615)
Even Ray's Whitman-worthy barbaric "meh" can't ruin this thread. Thanks for all the links, guys.
   56. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili(Teddy F. Ballgame) Posted: April 30, 2014 at 02:51 PM (#4697630)
The catch in SOSH's #51 is really good, although everyone describes the outfielder jumping over a four-foot fence. If so, that guy is seven feet tall. That's a three-foot fence if ever I saw one.
   57. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili(Teddy F. Ballgame) Posted: April 30, 2014 at 02:54 PM (#4697633)
Not to pile on the posts or go all Raybot, but this is probably a better play than Fernandez's. Didn't count for anything in the end, but what a catch.
   58. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: April 30, 2014 at 02:58 PM (#4697641)
Not to pile on the posts or go all Raybot, but this is probably a better play than Fernandez's. Didn't count for anything in the end, but what a catch.


That's bizarre. It's as if he completely expected to field that carom so cleanly.
   59. Esoteric Posted: April 30, 2014 at 03:07 PM (#4697649)
That's bizarre. It's as if he completely expected to field that carom so cleanly.
Frandsen's Twitter feed last night was pretty hilarious, wherein he revealed his true inspiration for how he pulled that play off.
   60. Lars6788 Posted: April 30, 2014 at 03:09 PM (#4697651)
Fernandez is all of 21 - seems like most guys his age may not have the mindset to improvise on the go.
   61. Swedish Chef Posted: April 30, 2014 at 03:15 PM (#4697662)
Some of the people in this thread have real potential to be the next big thing in indie music criticism.
   62. Baldrick Posted: April 30, 2014 at 03:16 PM (#4697664)
There are few things that infuriate me more than the belief that one party acknowledging guilt somehow automatically excuses the other party. McCann and his friends on the Braves seem to believe that such apologies confirm their righteousness. They don't. What they confirm is that the other side was capable of accepting responsibility for provoking a confrontation while they themselves are incapable of accepting any responsibility for ENGAGING the confrontation.
   63. Traderdave Posted: April 30, 2014 at 04:03 PM (#4697735)
We're not supposed to appreciate a great play because it's been done before?

That's like quitting sex because the second time was so much like the first.
   64. alilisd Posted: April 30, 2014 at 04:18 PM (#4697756)
This thread is a perfect summary of the internet.


No, it's not! And you're a Poopy Head!

There, now it's perfect.
   65. Ray (RDP) Posted: April 30, 2014 at 04:40 PM (#4697777)
Are pump fakes rare?

If we can stipulate that they are not, then what was so brilliant about this one?

Answer: It's rare that the runner actually falls for it.

If you don't like that answer, then explain what was so brilliant about it.
   66. 'Spos Posted: April 30, 2014 at 04:42 PM (#4697781)
Some of the people in this thread have real potential to be the next big thing in indie music criticism.


I liked the early criticism better.
   67. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: April 30, 2014 at 04:56 PM (#4697792)
Never saw him pump fake.
   68. dave h Posted: April 30, 2014 at 05:17 PM (#4697815)
The play in #57 is incomprehensible to me.
   69. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: April 30, 2014 at 05:55 PM (#4697843)

Answer: It's rare that the runner actually falls for it.


Yes, it's rare the pump fake is pulled off so expertly that the runner is fooled by it.
   70. Danny Posted: April 30, 2014 at 06:51 PM (#4697877)
The instant I saw the title, I knew before I ever clicked on the link that it would set off The Psychopath.

Right, that's the entire reason Esoteric sensationalized and added the Braves to the headline. That's his thing.
   71. Esoteric Posted: April 30, 2014 at 07:57 PM (#4697904)
Right, that's the entire reason Esoteric sensationalized and added the Braves to the headline. That's his thing.
Excuse me, here --

1.) I didn't "sensationalize" by adding "the Braves." That's the team the Marlins were playing against. And I swear that "brilliant" was actually in the original headline, which has since been changed. FFS, you write like I'm some sort of Bad Actor with an agenda.

2.) I actually thought Joey B. was referring to Ray DP with "the Psychopath" (and when I read that I thought to myself "huh, well Ray's a curmudgeonly guy sometimes, but 'psychopath' is more than a bit uncalled for, isn't it?"). Only now do I realize that he was referring to Sam H.'s little driveby comment at #11.

3.) Sam's not a psychopath. Anyone who takes his over-the-top trollery seriously (which I admittedly once did myself) is missing the point, and missing out of one of the more fun, worthwhile people around here. He's in it for the lulz, people. Rest assured, Sam no more wants me to literally "die in a fire" than I want the U.S. Army to complete the unfinished business of 1865 by marching back down to Atlanta to personally burn his house to the ground.
   72. frannyzoo Posted: April 30, 2014 at 10:01 PM (#4697972)
Thread like this always remind me of the original "Bob Newhart Show." Which only goes to show that I am old.

   73. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: April 30, 2014 at 10:06 PM (#4697974)
Thread like this always remind me of the original "Bob Newhart Show." Which only goes to show that I am old.

which one of us is Suzanne Pleshette, pray tell?
   74. frannyzoo Posted: April 30, 2014 at 10:07 PM (#4697975)
Pasta: I don't know, but there are about 27 Eliot Carlins running about. Maybe 28.
   75. The Clarence Thomas of BBTF (scott) Posted: April 30, 2014 at 11:04 PM (#4697994)
I know this will shock people and I'll be accused of being a wet blanket robot for pointing it out, but there aren't really any truly great plays left to be seen.


By the same standard, there are no beautiful sunsets.

Heads up play by Fernandez, totally worth the 10-15 seconds it took me to watch. Not something I'll tell my kids about but certainly something I thought was neat.
   76. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: April 30, 2014 at 11:06 PM (#4697997)
Hell, nothing that Fernandez or Utley or even Willie Mays ever did was remotely as great as this.
   77. Esoteric Posted: April 30, 2014 at 11:12 PM (#4698003)
Hell, nothing that Fernandez or Utley or even Willie Mays ever did was remotely as great as this.
I feel like a putz for admitting this, but I actually thought that was real the first time I saw it back in the day. And not, you know, an obviously CGI'd Gatorade promotional stunt.
   78. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: May 01, 2014 at 07:43 AM (#4698078)
3.) Sam's not a psychopath. Anyone who takes his over-the-top trollery seriously (which I admittedly once did myself) is missing the point, and missing out of one of the more fun, worthwhile people around here. He's in it for the lulz, people. Rest assured, Sam no more wants me to literally "die in a fire" than I want the U.S. Army to complete the unfinished business of 1865 by marching back down to Atlanta to personally burn his house to the ground.




NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
   79. Lassus Posted: May 01, 2014 at 08:11 AM (#4698085)
Sam no more wants me to literally "die in a fire"

Wait until he finds out you are actually Bill Hohn.
   80. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: May 01, 2014 at 10:29 AM (#4698147)
That's like quitting sex because the second time was so much like the first.


Ur doin it wrong.
   81. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: May 01, 2014 at 10:31 AM (#4698148)
Sam no more wants me to literally "die in a fire" than I want the U.S. Army to complete the unfinished business of 1865 by marching back down to Atlanta to personally burn his house to the ground.


Well, not quickly.
   82. Esoteric Posted: May 01, 2014 at 11:55 AM (#4698221)
Well, not quickly.
True enough. I would want the Army to salt the earth first before the burning, of course.
   83. Esoteric Posted: May 01, 2014 at 01:58 PM (#4698306)
wet blanket robot
Is it just me, or does anyone else think this sounds like an enemy from that old SNES RPG Earthbound? "Wet Blanket Robot tosses a soaking towel that dampens your enthusiasm! Esoteric starts to feel funny!"

Yeah, it's probably just me.
   84. flournoy Posted: May 01, 2014 at 03:47 PM (#4698376)
SMAAAAAAAAAASH!!!
245HP of damage to Master Belch!
   85. Esoteric Posted: May 01, 2014 at 04:37 PM (#4698406)
SMAAAAAAAAAASH!!!
245HP of damage to Master Belch!
God bless you, my friend.
   86. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: May 01, 2014 at 05:06 PM (#4698424)
Hell, nothing that Fernandez or Utley or even Willie Mays ever did was remotely as great as this.

I feel like a putz for admitting this, but I actually thought that was real the first time I saw it back in the day. And not, you know, an obviously CGI'd Gatorade promotional stunt.


Don't feel too bad. I had to spend five minutes explaining to my former shop manager the inherent impossibility of that video being real, and even then you could tell he wasn't 100% sure. It's a very well put together bit of hokum.

Of course if that catch actually were real, then all of our previously assumed knowledge about the upper limits of female athletes would go straight out the window, which may be why for some people, the wish is the mother of the thought.

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