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Pablo Sandoval takes latest swing ever on attempted hit and run (Video)

Pablo Sandoval swingWhen you are batting and a hit-and-run play is called, you have one job and one job only: swing the darn bat.

It doesn’t matter if the pitch is coming at your dome, going behind you, in the dirt, or over your head. If you’re not swinging, you’re getting chewed out by your coach. Pablo Sandoval knows this, which is why he swung to try protecting Brandon Belt in the second inning of his team’s 2-1 loss to the Pirates on Tuesday. The only problem is he had a slight bit of a delayed reaction on his swing.

Sandoval took a comically late swing with an 0-1 count because he was initially worried that a pitch from Charlie Morton was going to hit him. So after moving out of the way to avoid the pitch, Panda realized he still needed to do his job of protecting the runner, so he gave a courtesy wave of the bat. His effort may have even helped, because catcher Tony Sanchez burped the ball into center, allowing Belt to grab an extra base.

Good job, good effort, Panda.

Bartolo Colon swings and his helmet comes flying off, again (Video)

I am choking. Seriously choking right now. Can’t breathe. Can’t even write this post.

All I have to say is god bless Sandy Alderson for signing Bartolo Colon and bringing him to the National League. Without that, none of this awesomeness would be possible.

And if those couple of terrible swings look familiar, it’s because this was Bartolo back on April 19 against the Braves:

Bless you, Bartolo. Don’t you ever change. And don’t you ever work with a hitting coach. Ever. We cannot afford for you to improve. We need terrible efforts at all times.

Bartolo Colon swing

Also see: Bartolo Colon attempting to bat and bunt yields fantastic meme

H/T Lana

Brian Wilson look-alike fan goes a little overboard reacting to calls (Video)

Brian Wilson look-alike fan

Brian Wilson is one of the most unique-looking players in MLB, so it makes sense that he would have some fans trying to copy his look. In fact, one showed up to Nationals Park on Monday to cheer him on during the Dodgers’ 4-0 loss to the Nationals. The guy had the big black beard and was every bit as fiery as the reliever.

When Wilson didn’t get the close calls, nobody was more ticked off than this guy:

But when he did get a call, it was game on!

Below you can watch the full video of the fan reacting:

[Previously: Brian Wilson fan wears funny ESPYs outfit]

H/T DC Sports Bog

Joe Girardi goes nuts on Laz Diaz during ejection (Video)

Yankees manager Joe Girardi was ejected during the eighth inning of a 4-1 loss to the Angels on Monday night after arguing balls and strikes with umpire Laz Diaz, and he definitely got his money’s worth before being run.

Joe Girardi Laz DiazGirardi was upset over a low pitch called a strike on Brett Gardner with the bases loaded, nobody out and a 1-0 count in a 1-1 game. The pitch was definitely low, so Girardi had a very good reason to be upset. He came out and started to argue with Diaz about the pitch, and he was tossed after going all Tasmanian Devil.

Gardner ended up striking out, and Derek Jeter grounded into a double play to end the inning, so that strike call really did change things a ton.

Girardi said after the game that he was already upset with Diaz for giving him the Mutombo finger wag earlier in the game over a complaint about balls and strikes.

“I’m not a little kid and I don’t need to be scolded,” Girardi said of the finger wag after the game. “No one’s coming to see Laz, I can tell you that.”

We definitely side with Girardi on this argument. But we also appreciate Diaz getting Girardi all fired up, because seeing him furiously bob his head back-and-forth like a woodpecker on crystal meth was pretty enjoyable.

Arkansas SS Michael Bernal makes incredible no-look, barehanded catch (Video)

Michael Bernal catchLooks like this was the weekend for incredible catches in SEC baseball.

On Friday night, we saw LSU left fielder Jared Foster make a crazy Superman catch to preserve a tie in the bottom of the 9th inning. Then on Saturday, Arkansas shortstop Michael Bernal made a catch to rival Foster’s.

Bernal’s catch didn’t come in quite as much of a game-saving situation, but it was no less difficult. Ole Miss was up 7-4 in the bottom of the 8th and had a man on first. Preston Overbey popped a ball up to shallow center and Bernal went out for the ball. He had a little trouble judging it and had to reach out to snag it at the last second using his bare hand. It was Kevin Mitchell to the max.

Does it matter that they lost 7-4? Heck no. Not after a grab like that.

Rafael Nadal meets his long lost twin – a bus driver from Madrid

Rafael Nadal twin

Seriously, how freaky is this? When I first looked at that picture, it took me a minute to figure out which one Nadal was. Not even joking.

Rafael Nadal is the guy on the left, while the dude on the right is a Madrid bus driver named José Manuel Ramiro. Tell me they don’t look like twins.

How much accidental tail do you think that dude gets just because he looks like Rafa? The spillover trim must be incredible. He probably never has to buy a drink anywhere he goes. Does it even matter if he probably can’t swing a tennis racket? Heck no. He has everything he needs going for him.

Wondering how this all came about? Nadal, who is from Manacor, was honored as the adoptive son of Madrid in his home country of Spain. Apparently Ramiro has worked as a double for Nadal on a car commercial in the past, so no surprise Rafa remembered him. How could he not?

If you enjoyed this, you’ll like all of the lookalike fans we’ve posted about in the past.

Marcos Maidana learns the hard way never to eat during a Jim Gray interview (Video)

Marcos Maidana Jim GrayJim Gray was in full-on mall cop mode Saturday while serving as the ringside correspondent for Showtime’s pay-per-view telecast of the Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana fight.

I mean just check out his reaction when Maidana went to eat a snack after his fight. Did you see Gray snatch the wrapper right out of his hand? Guy was just trying to enjoy a little powdered something-something, and Gray rejects him like Dikembe Mutumbo.

Not in Gray’s house!

Although, now that I think about it, maybe Gray thought Maidana was trying to get an unauthorized plug for a food company during their interview. Gray’s not about to have any of that! You want some advertising during our show? You will pay the big bucks!

Video via @stoolpresidente