Matt Joyce hits ball into pitching machine, machine spits it back (Video)

Matt-Joyce-pitching-machineTampa Bay Rays outfielder Matt Joyce had himself a once-in-a-lifetime experience on Thursday. The rare moment actually came before the game while Joyce was taking batting practice.

Joyce was taking pitches from a pitching machine and fouled one off the top of the cage. It somehow deflected off the cage and back into the pitching machine, causing the machine to spit it back before Joyce even had time to realize what had happened.

What are the odds of that? Joyce can’t be happy about it. It’s kind of one of baseball’s unwritten rules to not quick-pitch a hitter before he’s ready, yet the machine went and blew a strike right past him. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some retaliation before Friday night’s game.

Matt Joyce injures ankle on crucial go-ahead home run swing (Video)

There aren’t many things that can ruin a go-ahead three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning. With the Yankees and Rays tied 1-1 on Wednesday night, runners on the corners and two out, Rays outfielder Matt Joyce found a way. As you can see from the video above, Joyce hit what turned out to be a game-winning home run but fell like a ton of bricks on the swing. He then gingerly made his way around the bases.

“It was the worst and best feeling you can have in the span of a minute,” Joyce said after the game according to the Tampa Tribune.

I knew the phrase “no pain, no gain” made some sense, I just didn’t think it applied to the ninth inning of a baseball game.

Matt Joyce Takes the Golden Sombrero

Yes, I may have slacked on my duties and missed the fact that Justin Upton took the collar last week against the Marlins (and nearly wore the hat Tuesday night going 0-for-4 with 3K’s), but I was all over the affairs in Anaheim.

You might think that I was rooting for Ervin Santana in the top of the 9th inning with the game tied 2-2 because I wanted my Angels to win, but you would be partially wrong. Oh no, I had ulterior motives. I was knuckling up on my chair waiting to see if Matt Joyce could do what he hadn’t done before: put a ball in play against Ervin Santana. And much to my delight, Mr. Joyce obliged my greatest wishes by failing to connect for the fourth time in the night. His final line for the evening: 0-for-4, 4K’s, three swinging, one looking, all against Ervin Santana. And the Angels won 3-2 on a game-winning hit by Gary Matthews Jr. in the bottom of the 9th. Lovely.

So to Matt Joyce, I wish you nothing but success in the future, so long as you’re not playing the Angels, and so long as you aren’t chasing the Golden Sombrero. Also, we must establish some LBS Golden Sombrero Club policy here. I’m thinking no on awarding retroactive Sombreros in case we don’t see it within 24 hours. Justin Upton, you are lucky my friend. And proudly, there are now three members and counting in the LBS Golden Sombrero Club.