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Josh Hamilton suffered thumb injury on head-first dive into first (GIF)

Josh Hamilton will likely be out 6-8 weeks after suffering a thumb injury that could require surgery, the team said on Wednesday.

Hamilton was trying to beat out a ground ball to short in the 7th inning of the Angels’ loss to the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday and went into first with a head-first dive. Hamilton’s left hand went into the base, and he ended up tearing a ligament and capsule in his hand.

Commentator Mark Gubicza nailed it immediately, saying that he was concerned about Hamilton diving into the base because the outfielder could hurt his thumb that way just like Yasiel Puig did. That’s exactly what happened, but, unfortunately for the Angels, Hamilton’s injury was much more serious than Puig’s.

Though you think the injury would teach Hamilton not to dive head-first into first again, he says it’s an instinctual move and that he can’t guarantee he won’t do it again.

“Sometimes your instincts more than anything take over; the fun of the game,” Hamilton said via MLB.com. “I thought maybe when he was fielding the ball he had to go a little farther than he did, but he didn’t. I shouldn’t have done it, probably, but I’m not going to say I’m not going to do it again because I’d be lying.”

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This is really a bummer because Hamilton was having such a great start to the season. Hamilton was 12-27 (.444) with two doubles, two home runs and six walks and was on his way to turning around a disappointing start to his Angels career.

GIF via @nick_pants

Billy Hamilton scores from third on popup to shallow right (Video)

Billy Hamilton has some serious speed, but you already knew that.

The Cincinnati Reds speedster, who stole 155 bases in the minor leagues in 2012, has struggled to reach base since opening the season with the big club this year, but he’s proving he’s one heck of a factor once he does get on.

Billy Hamilton scoresOn Wednesday, Hamilton reached via a single against the Cardinals, stole second, advance to third on a sac fly, and actually scored from third base on a popup to shallow right center. I mean the ball was so shallow that second baseman Kolten Wong was practically underneath it when he was called off by John Jay. And Hamilton made it home safely to give the Reds a 3-0 lead.

You know who has to be the most happy about that play? Jay Bruce. The guy was kicking himself for not taking a good at-bat, yet he gets an RBI out of it. God bless elite speed.

Alcides Escobar makes ridiculous no-look catch (Video)

Alcides EscobarAlcides Escobar made a ridiculous no-look catch on Wednesday that really showed off his glove and defensive instincts.

Ryan Hanigan was up with one on and nobody out in the top of the second of a 0-0 game between the Kansas City Royals and Tampa Bay Rays, and he hit a popup to shallow left center. Escobar saw the ball off the bat and tracked it going back to the outfield grass. He looked over his shoulder to see where it was, then continued going and made the catch just by looking up.

Escobar bobbled the ball but was able to hang on for the grab, which really showed his concentration.

According to Fangraphs, Escobar has received pretty strong scores for his range ratings during his brief career.

Bartolo Colon jiggles his fat, does some sort of truffle shuffle

Bartolo Colon has been looking fatter than ever over the last year or so, but the 40-year-old veteran is somehow still pitching effectively. He’s off to a solid start with the New York Mets this year after posting an 18-6 record and 2.65 ERA with the Oakland A’s last season. On Tuesday night, Colon pitched seven scoreless innings in a win over the Atlanta Braves. He may have credited his rolls.

After exiting the game, Colon grabbed his gut in the dugout and did some sort of truffle shuffle. It looked like he was responding to something a teammate said to him. Whatever the case, we wouldn’t mind if that was the last time he did that this season.

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Colon is currently listed at 260 pounds. If you didn’t already know that number was a bit low, you should now be convinced after seeing him juggle his fat. He’s a dozen cheeseburgers away from looking like this infamous NBA fan.

GIF via MLB.com Cut 4

Ice Cube throws out first pitch at Dodgers game (Video)

Ice Cube threw out the first pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers-Detroit Tigers game on Tuesday. The Dodgers’ Twitter account said Cube brought the heat, but from what I could see, it looked like he brought the hook.

Cube also addressed the fans prior to his pitch and let out his trademark “yayay” while throwing up a “W” for Westside:

Cube still yelling Compton even though he moved to Riverside? Let’s hope not.

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Photo: Twitter/Dodgers

Vin Scully tells a story about Torii Hunter’s dad and a crack pipe (Video)


Vin on Torii by random_sports

Vin ScullyOne of the qualities about Vin Scully that separates him from every other broadcaster out there — you know, besides his literary allusions, great cadence and pleasant and smooth call — is his storytelling ability. You could give the same background information about a player to 10 different broadcasters, and Scully would just be able to make it sound so much better than the others. And even when he’s telling a story about crack pipes, he still makes it sound great.

During the Los Angeles Dodgers-Detroit Tigers game on Tuesday, Scully was talking about Torii Hunter and told a story about Hunter’s father being a crack addict. The story went that Hunter’s father wore his son’s jacket and left a crack pipe in the pocket, and the pipe fell out of the pocket in a classroom after Torii wore the jacket to school. But the way Scully tells it … man, he is just so good.

Video via The Big Lead; H/T Deadspin

Joey Votto conducts interview dressed as Canadian Mountie (Video)

Joey Votto really broke out of his shell during a funny interview Tuesday with MLB Network’s “Intentional Talk” in which he actually dressed as a Canadian Mountie.

Votto has struggled with anxiety and panic attacks during his career and hasn’t always been known as a charismatic, media friendly-guy. But he certainly did some work changing all of that by showing off his personality.

Just hearing him ramble about his horse, “Nibbles,” was pretty hilarious.

And if you’re wondering what the full story is behind the costume, it came about during spring training when “Intentional Talk” Photoshopped a picture of Votto in a Mountie costume into a photo of Chris Rose dressed as Bret Michaels. Votto made that come true in real life.

Joey Votto Canadian Mountie

Well done, Joey. Well done.