Wanna Watch A Baseball Highlight?
Christmas is over and it’s almost 2014, so there’s that. But baseball is still a long ways away. If you’re anything like me, the time between the conclusion of the World Series and the reporting of pitchers and catchers is purgatory on Earth. I don’t watch football, basketball, or hockey, so those four months or so are slow and seemingly take forever. I find myself passing the time pawing around on MLB.com or MLB’s YouTube channel just watching random highlights.
And that brings me here. I came across this highlight from June 1 when the Brewers were in town:
I love this highlight for so many reasons.
1.) Tyler Cloyd. Did you know he’s now with the Indians? The Phillies put him on waivers in early October and the Indians claimed him. Then they designated Cloyd for assignment at the end of November. No one claimed him, so they non-tendered him in early December. Less than two weeks later, they re-signed Cloyd to a Minor League deal with an invitation to spring training. Interesting road he’s traveled.
2.) Ben Revere completely whiffs on a diving catch attempt. I’m not sure there are many Phillies fans out there who are bigger fans of Revere than I am (I own his shirsey!). Many slagged him throughout the year for getting bad reads on balls and taking unnecessary risks in the outfield. They’re not wrong, but he’s exciting to watch and I can’t wait for more in 2014.
3.) Revere recovers and fires a rare strike to the cut-off man. Revere has one of the weakest arms among any outfielders playing the game today, but on this particular play, he not only recovers from an embarrassing whiff, he fires a perfect strike on the fly to cut-off man Freddy Galvis. To quote Dumb and Dumber, “Just when I think you couldn’t possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this… and totally redeem yourself!”
4.) Freddy Galvis is involved. When Galvis is involved in a defensive play, good things are bound to happen. If Andrelton Simmons and Manny Machado didn’t exist, he would be the prettiest girl at the ball. Galvis fires a laser to catcher Erik Kratz to nail the runner.
5.) Aramis Ramirez is so slow. Ramirez was on first base after leading off the inning with a walk. To recap the play, Logan Schafer hit a high fly ball to right-center which the center fielder dove for, missed, and had to corral. Then he had to make a relay throw. Then the other fielder had to make another equally impressive throw. The ball was so far away from home plate. And Ramirez was still thrown out by ten feet.
10/10 highlight clip. Would watch again.
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Apropos of nothing, I also found this highlight involving Chase Utley at the 2001 Futures Game at Safeco Field. Enjoy.