He could hold SEVEN. BASEBALLS. IN. ONE. HAND.
We may have our differences as baseball fans: AL vs. NL. DH vs. No DH. RBIs vs. RBI. But we can all agree that “Gapper,” the Cincinnati Reds mascot, is horribly frightening.
What was the matter with a man with a baseball for a head and a gorgeous handlebar mustache?
(Image of “Gapper” is courtesy of bleacherreport.com. Image of the better mascot is courtesy of freeimagesarchive.com)
There are now six major league teams with 10,000 franchise wins:
San Francisco/New York Giants - 10,528
Chicago Cubs - 10,314
Los Angeles/Brooklyn Dodgers - 10,227
St. Louis Cardinals - 10,204
Atlanta/Milwaukee/Boston Braves - 10,042
Cincinnati Reds - 10,000
Up next: Pittsburgh Pirates - 9,887; New York Yankees - 9,774
(Logos are all copyright of their respective teams and Major League Baseball.)
Aroldis Chapman entered the game in the seventh (1), and retired the side with just eleven pitches - nine strikes, two balls, two fouls - getting a groundout and two strikeouts (2). Along the way, he hit 103 on the radar gun (3). Chapman left to an ovation (4), and when the Reds scored six runs, he ended up with his first win.
(AP Photos/Al Behrman)
|—||Yadier Molina, taking offense to Brandon Phillips tapping his bat on Molina’s shin guard.|
“Little Bitches”-gate update:
Brandon Phillips and Yadier Molina started yelling at each other when he came to bat in the bottom of the first, presumably over Phillips’s “little bitches” allegations. Scott Rolen and former teammate Chris Carpenter squared off, both managers were ejected. And seven minutes later, everyone made friends again. Well, almost everyone.
Molina has responded with a home run, a single, and shockingly, a stolen base. Phillips drove in a run, but he’s still 0-for-7 for the series, and has yet to hit the ball out of the infield. I certainly hope he’s not bitching about his performance.
(AP Photos/Tom Uhlman)