This Week in Annoying: The Worst in Sports Right Now
This week was, well, painful.
If you were a fan of MLB, chances are great you were taking in games while cringing, because some of these players made it tough to watch.
Thankfully, they gave us enough futility to keep us all fat and giggly until the end of the weekend, lending laughs amid some mighty tough circumstances.
Now if you found an LOL-worthy video, don't be afraid to send it our way in the comments section below. With that, let's see how the Houston Astros managed to mess up now.
The Summer of Gerorge
The Houston Astros welcomed one of their prized prospects to the roster this week, calling up slugger George Springer.
Unfortunately, they had a bit of difficulty getting his name right.
Springer went 1-for-5 with a walk. Unfortunately, we have no idea how Gerorge fared.
Travis Snider Uses His Head
Travis Snider decided he didn't need to use his glove in the Reds and Pirates marathon game on Monday. As Bleacher Report's Kyle Newport notes, the ball smacks Snider in the face and is later ruled to be fair.
Thankfully, Snider looks to be just fine after the play, which could have been far worse, because it could have gone off his head for a home run.
The Blue Jays Bullpen
Sometimes you have it, and other times you give up a 5-3 lead thanks to magnificent futility.
If you want to know the magnitude of the Blue Jays' bullpen blowup, Deadspin's Barry Petchesky covers things rather nicely with this breakdown:
In last night's Blue Jays-Twins game, three Toronto relievers combined to bring you this disgusting eighth inning: walk, walk, sac bunt, walk, wild pitch, walk and wild pitch, stolen base, walk and wild pitch, stolen base, walk, walk, single, walk, strikeout, groundout. It was remarkable, really.
Manager John Gibbons had this to say, via ABC News: "It was a crappy ending to a crappy day, I'll tell you that." Oh, I don't know, Skip. It looks pretty darn entertaining to all of us.
Fashioning a parody music video targeting a rival is tricky business, because you want to make sure it's so hilarious that people across all loyalties are forced to grin and take it all in.
Or, as FanSided's Jack Jorgensen puts it, "it’s not a good idea to throw something like this at your biggest rival right after they just win the national championship, while your team went 4-8 and lost to and FCS school who didn’t complete a pass."
Cadillac Home Run Trot
Now, we have to say that this moment in sports didn't come from this week, rather a Buffalo Bisons game from 1994.
However, Deadspin posted this gem Friday, and it's new to us as well. So we really hope you will excuse us, because it's really quite terrific.
Deadspin's Tom Ley did track down a report on this captivating home run trot that would make David Ortiz blush.
The Buffalo News' Mike Harrington has a report on the game and fallout from a ridiculously horrible trot around the bases:
(Rich) Aude gave the Herd a 5-4 win over Louisville Sunday at Pilot Field with a majestic home run leading off the ninth. But he irritated the Redbirds' bench -- and may have earned some retaliation in a future meeting -- by admiring it until it had landed high atop the left-field screen.
Yep, that's how we saw it too.
Worst Swing Ever?
Jeff Samardzija is a nice pitcher and all, but according to this swing from the Reds' Billy Hamilton, he has the nastiest stuff ever crafted.
Now, the Reds got the win on Friday, 4-1, but their budding star was sent back to the dugout with possibly the most awkward swing we have ever seen.
Granted, he may have been trying to slap it the other way, but really there is no excusing a swing completely devoid of aesthetic qualities.