Craig Kimbrel of the Atlanta Braves is one of baseball’s best closers. He also has quite the stance prior to delivering pitches. Kimbrel bends over and stares toward home plate with his right arm extended before coming set on the mound.
Kimbrel came on for the ninth inning of Saturday’s game in Philadelphia, so Phillies fans behind home plate took the opportunity to have a little fun with the four-time All-Star.
Fans of Philadelphia sports teams take a beating nationally from time-to-time, but that’s pretty great.
Kimbrel was able to convert the save without allowing a run. However, you can’t say Phillies fans didn’t try to throw him off his game.
When running onto the field of play during a game, there’s always the chance you could end up as the star of a viral video, depending on how your intrusion is handled.
Simply corralled and handcuffed would probably be the least eventful result and may not have you remembered. On the other end of the spectrum is getting body slammed by a coach, who happens to be a former linebacker.
The latter is exactly what happened at Ohio Stadium on Saturday during the game between Ohio State and Cincinnati.
A fan decided to venture onto the field and was promptly met by Anthony Schlegel. Schlegel is currently a strength and conditioning coach for Ohio State and was an All-Big Ten performer as a player for the Buckeyes.
I’m guessing the intruder was not anticipating that. It’s highly doubtful he will forget it, though.
Sean Smith never made much of his baseball career in the minor leagues, but he made major headlines for what he did on Friday night.
Smith, an outfielder with the York Revolution of the independent Atlantic League, hit a game-tying home run in the 8th inning of his team’s game with the Sugar Land Skeeters. While rounding first base, Smith somehow tore his ACL and went down to the dirt. Smith got up and circled the bases to score the tying run … hopping around as best as he could.
With a fairy tale story like this, you know there had to be a happy ending, and there was — the Revolution won 3-2 in 10 innings.
And wouldn’t you know it? Smith stuck around on crutches to sign autographs:
“What happened last night, we completely regret it and apologize not just to the viewers, including parents, children and the San Francisco Giants, but to Hunter Pence, who was unaware that our camera was there and showing it live,” said Ted Griggs, CSN Bay Area president and general manager, via the San Jose Mercury News. “We usually take a lot of steps so that kind of thing does not happen, but it was sort of a perfect storm when it happened and we regret it.
Griggs said they usually record things and play them back later after they’ve been reviewed and censored. Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how you view it, Pence’s speech was shown live.
Derek Jeter’s final home game at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night was loaded with moments that are straight out of a Hollywood film script. One of the best was his little nephew tipping his cap just like Jeter taught him after the game was over.
After Jeter lifted the Yankees to a dramatic win over the Orioles with a walk-off single in the ninth inning, cameras spotted his young nephew in the stands watching the commotion on the field. At one point, the little guy tipped his cap and looked exactly like a veteran ballplayer.
Even if you were tired of Jeter’s farewell tour this season, you had to enjoy the way his last game at Yankee Stadium played out. And if you’re a hardcore Jeter hater and you didn’t even appreciate that, you have to respect his nephew.
Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Devon Still experienced probably the most nerve-wracking day of his life on Thursday. Still’s 4-year-old daughter Leah has pediatric cancer, and doctors were scheduled to operate on her Thursday in an attempt to remove a tumor.
The 25-year-old posted a short video on Instagram showing a pep talk he had with Leah on their way to the hospital. The brave little girl was all smiles.
“Pre-surgery pep talk,” Still wrote. “I might be nervous and scared beyond words but I’ll never let her see it…let’s get this done!”
Leah was diagnosed with cancer on June 2 and has undergone several rounds of chemotherapy. She has been given a 50-50 chance of survival. Doctors are hoping they can remove a cancerous tumor — which they say had decreased in size ahead of her surgery — before sending Leah for more chemotherapy, radiation and stem-cell transplants.
Still has had little time for football while he looks after his daughter, which is why the Bengals had to release him over the summer. However, the team quickly re-signed the former Penn State star to its practice squad to allow him to pay for Leah’s treatments and still have access to full health benefits.
The Bengals also began selling Still’s jersey out of their pro shop earlier this month, which the team usually does not do for practice squad players. All proceeds from the sales have been donated to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton purchased 100 of the jerseys himself.
I’m sure we speak for everyone when we say our fingers are crossed for the adorable little girl.