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Welcome Back To The World Series Josh Hamilton

Josh Hamilton was America’s poster child in 2008, had an injury plagued year in 2009, and a bounce back year in 2010. He came into game 6 of the World Series going 3 for 19 at-bats in the first 5 games and 0 home runs in 65 postseason at-bats. But with every World Series game, there is a chance for a new hero… and it looks like Josh Hamilton signed up for that role in game 6.

After the first 6 or 7 innings, I thought I was watching the Little League World Series. A total of 5 errors, the fans watched a dropped fly ball in shallow left, an easy can of corn falling out of the third basemen Freese’s glove, 2 over throws, and a pitcher forgetting to step on first base. I expected Colby Lewis’s father to come out of the dugout and try to calm him down.

Then the 8th and 9th inning came and the Cardinals unleashed another comeback. One strike away from winning the franchise’s first World Series and no other than David Freese (the Brewer’s nemesis) hits a game tying triple. Freese has just been clutch in this Postseason. But that only set the stage for Josh Hamilton’s heroics. Update: Freese is Missourian for “Clutch”.

After overcoming a drug addiction and almost losing his dream of playing professional baseball, Josh Hamilton delivered what would be a game saving 2-run home run in the top of the 10th inning (just before one of the most dramatic bottom of the 10th’s in World Series history).

As long as the sun doesn’t come up with Hamilton at the plate, we got to the 11th, all tied up at 9 after Fat Elvis Big Puma Lance Berkman’s game tying single. Hamilton may get a chance to deliver some heroics again.

Update: Instead it’s David Freese who may have locked up an MVP with the game tying triple in the 9th with 2 strikes and the game winning home run in the 11th (pending the outcome of game 7 of course). The Rangers came within 1 strike of winning the World Series twice. I would have to imagine that there was chaos in the Rangers locker room as champagne and tarps were rapidly removed after the 9th, 10th, and 11th innings.

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Physics-ly Impossible

While playoff baseball is in full swing and after the epic collapse of the Red Sox and the Braves, I couldn’t help to think on how it seemed impossible for those two teams to collapse and how I get to watch bonus baseball with the Brewers making the playoffs for only the 2nd time in my lifetime.

Then… I was sent this video via email.

My first thought is… WOW! Then reality sets in… there is no way someone could do this. Sure once, maybe twice, but no way could someone do this for 45+ seconds. Or do it with 2 balls simultaneously. I have been trying to find a definite way to prove it, but can’t. The balls don’t seem to always hit the same spot on the 1st pitchback. The balls do seem to take the same path around the other 3 though. And at the end of the video, I never see either of the balls come down (although they may be so far out there that they haven’t come down yet).

This video reminds me of a few others from recent years.

Is it real? Ya, probably not. In fact, I believe it was a clip created for a Gatorade commercial a few years ago.

Last is this one which is eerily similar to the previous one.

That one is actually… real. The Hiroshima Carp player actually made that play during a game in 2010 and then he followed it up with an even better one that same season. The pitcher and even himself couldn’t believe he made that second catch.

Hopefully we get the chance to see some equivalent displays of defense and offense as in these videos in the next few weeks of MLB playoff games. Enjoy the extra baseball everyone as we will soon be left with 4 dark months of no games (but most likely one of the most entertaining off-season transaction periods in the past 20 years).