For the Win: The Coolest Stuff in Sports for the Week
Albert Pujols earned his 500 home run club card this week, garnering entry into baseball history and earning our undying respect.
Oh, and some other ridiculously cool stuff happened this week as well.
Welcome to another edition of all that is right with the sports world. I'll be your host, the guy geeking out over sports stories, wearing a smile on my face.
Now, if we happen to have missed something awesome (hey, it happens), feel free to plunk that down in the comments section below.
Otherwise, enjoy the best this week had to offer.
Chris Colabello's Gift for Mom
We forgive you if you haven't yet heard the name Chris Colabello, because he is a 30-year-old Minnesota Twins slugger who is slowly but surely enjoying quite the breakout season.
It's best not to consider whether he can keep up his .325 clip or his awesome show of timely power, because you may just miss a great story.
One of the more remarkable moments came when he hit a home run on his mother's birthday. Oh, did we mention that his mother, Silvana Colabello, was also being interviewed at the time?
Tickle us enthralled.
Pujols Blasts 500, Gets His Ball Back Too
Albert Pujols cranked out No. 500 of his career, earning a standing ovation amid Nationals faithful in Washington D.C.
If that weren't awesome enough, the ball was corralled by a Los Angeles Angels fan willing to give that memento back to the slugger who earned it.
For the Win's Nate Scott and Paul White report that Tom Sherrill, an Angels fan and member of the Air Force, was more than willing to give the ball to Pujols, accepting nothing in return.
Good Guy Jordin Tootoo
Jordin Tootoo was coming off the ice, heading back to the locker room, when he decided to do something rather wonderful for a young fan who couldn't help but exclaim, "Tootoo!"
The hockey player gave the boy his stick, resulting in quite possibly the most adorable reaction of the week. In an odd and fortunate turn, we do have a debate in that regard, because this wasn't the only kid walking away with a priceless treasure.
BASE Jumping into Record Books
Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet jumped off a perfectly good building and landed in the record books, breaking the record for a BASE jump from a building.
The Daily Mail's John Hall explains a bit more on the epic tumble from Dubai's Burj Khalifa skyscraper:
The men are not the first to base jump from the top of the tower - which is roughly twice the height of New York's Empire State Building - but they had a special platform built to add an extra 500 feet, enabling them to break the world record.
To ensure they were used to the altitude, Fugen and Reffet practiced base jumping from a mountain near Lauterbrunnen in Switzerland, which is roughly the same height as the Burj Khalifa tower.
Yes, this is impressive and all, but we simply have to tip our hats and any other figurative piece of clothing for the people who actually erected that structure.
That job has "Nope!" written all over it.
Thankfully, the entire stunt was successful, and the duo managed to land 2,717 feet later, producing one terrifying video.
The only thing we love more than home runs, touchdowns and goals might be animals making cameos during sporting events.
Such a thing happened again, this time disrupting the second inning of a game between the Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals.
This time, the streaker got away unscathed.
Foul Ball Superstar
We did hint that another kid would be making an appearance on this breakdown, laying claim to a surprise treasure.
This one comes during a Colorado Rockies game, where a gentleman gives the boy behind him a foul ball, producing the perfect reaction, one that comes when you get the one thing for which you have been waiting your entire life.
That foul ball will never leave this fan's sight.
They See Me Rollin'
Sorry, but there is something wonderfully hilarious about big men riding small vehicles.
The video here features the Philadelphia Eagles' Evan Mathis riding to work on his motorized tricycle. Go ahead, make fun of him. We dare you.
The best is Mathis proclaiming, "It's my new whip, man."
Sorry, but we now need to see Mathis finding a way to take a few of his teammates along for a ride on what we are going to say is the coolest conveyance in the NFL.
USA Today High School Sports' Cam Smith reports that Ben Spradley, featured at bat in this video, just hit his first home run, garnering not only a nice stat, but also adulation from his father, Greg Spradley.
Ben clobbered his first for Wilson Central High School (Lebanon, Tennessee), which resulted in pandemonium from the man holding the camera.
We imagine Ben is off chore duty for the foreseeable future.
Well, This Game Is Over. Will You Marry Me?
Amid the New York Yankees' massacre of the Boston Red Sox Thursday night, one fan decided the ninth inning was a perfect time to pop the big question.
As Shane Victorino swings and misses, one lucky fan hits a figurative home run. (Oh yeah, I went there.)
She seems to say yes, and the fans nearby finally have something to clap for. Everybody wins! Except the Red Sox, who lost 14-5
The World Cup really can't get here fast enough.
Nike's latest commercial is four minutes of football bliss, featuring cameos from the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar.
Oh, and it's pretty hilarious as well.
We don't want to spoil anything, but there are some surprises in the form of a Los Angeles Lakers star and a Marvel character with an angry streak.
OK, we should have said "spoiler alert."
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