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Sweet throw, Raul Ibanez (GIF)

Raul Ibanez attempted a throw on Tuesday night that will land him on blooper reels for a long time.

Raul Ibanez throwEdwin Encarnacion singled during the seventh inning of the Toronto Blue Jays-Seattle Mariners game, and Ibanez went to his left to field it. Jose Bautista went from first to third on the hit. It looked like Ibanez got confused about where he should throw the ball. It looked like he initially thought about throwing home to stop Bautista, but changed his mind at the last second and tried throwing to second to stop Encarnacion. The result was a throw worse than the first one ever made by Scott Smalls at the Sandlot.

Bautista scored on the error to give the Jays a 7-0 lead. Yikes.

So, one question for you: how does this “effort” by Ibanez compare to Delmon Young’s terrible throw from last year?

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Raul Ibanez hits two home run to become postseason legend (Videos)

Raul Ibanez became a postseason legend on Wednesday night by homering twice for the Yankees in a Game 3 ALDS win over the Orioles at Yankee Stadium.

Ibanez pinch-hit for DH Alex Rodriguez in the ninth inning and hit a solo home run to tie the game at two and send it to extra innings. Despite being pinch-hit for, A-Rod was leading the way cheering his teammate.

Then in the 12th, Ibanez led off the bottom of the inning with a second-deck walk-off home run to win the game 3-2.

Video of the remarkable clutch hit below:

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A-Rod leads cheer for Raul Ibanez after pinch-hit home run (Video)

Alex Rodriguez could have been embarrassed and pouted after being replaced in the bottom of the 9th inning during Game 3 of the ALDS on Wednesday, but the Yankees DH was leading the cheers after pinch-hitter Raul Ibanez delivered an improbable game-tying home run in his place, and later another home run to win it.

Rodriguez had been struggling during the series, going 1-for-9 with five strikeouts in the first two games against Baltimore, and 0-for-3 with two strikeouts on Wednesday. Despite calls for him to be dropped in the batting order, manager Joe Girardi kept the struggling slugger in the third spot. But with one out and the Yankees trailing 2-1 in the 9th inning, Girardi opted to pinch-hit for A-Rod with Ibanez.

Ibanez, who was 1-for-3 in the series, crushed a home run off Orioles closer Jim Johnson to tie the game at two and send it to extra innings. He later clubbed a second-deck walk-off home run to lead off the bottom of the 12th and win the game 3-2.

A-Rod spoke after the game about being a good teammate despite a personally embarrassing situation.

“Joe (Girardi) and I had a discussion and we’ve preached all year that it’s about 25 guys, it’s about doing whatever it takes to win. I’m one of the leaders of this team. Maybe 10 years ago I react in a much different way, but I’m at a place right now in my career where team is everything. I don’t think anybody in the ballpark was more excited for [Ibanez] than me.”

The clutch home runs will no doubt put Ibanez in a heralded class of Yankees postseason heroes. The bold move by Girardi paid off. And those who questioned whether Rodriguez was more focused on individual production rather than team success might have to evaluate their thinking.

Raul Ibanez Hurt Himself Sleeping

Look, it’s baseball, home to the weird injury. But this has to make the list. Right up there with Sammy Sosa’s unusual sneeze, Clint Barmes’ deer meat, and Jay Witasick’s watermelon elbow. Raul Ibanez didn’t play for the third time in four games because of a sleeping injury. Seriously.

It’s certainly not the most glamorous-sounding sports injury in history. Raul Ibanez hurt himself sleeping, and he can’t play because he can’t stand still.

“I never should have played the other day,” Ibanez said. “It’s just been bothering me. It happened on the plane from Detroit (on Thursday), and the next day I really felt it. I just slept the wrong way.”

Sure, am I being a little harsh on the guy? Yeah. Haven’t most of us awakened from traveling with stiff nicks? Yeah. But damn, we’re not all professional athletes here who have a responsibility to our teams. I’m sorry if I’m not too sympathetic for the guy. Get a freakin’ masseuse to rub you down and get out there. What are you waiting for?