Braves Catcher Travis D’Arnaud is hit by a pitch and “dies”

Braves Catcher Travis D’Arnaud is strike by a pitch and “dies”

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What did i just see? Was the pitcher not really into head hunting or does he have the greatest velocity differential ever with his change up?

All fun and games until you look at the score and realize it’s the Nationals who should be playing dead.


That’s like when my 3 year old son gets smacked back by his 2 year old brother after he hit him first.

There exist people who didn’t watch the pitch and only saw him suddenly down on the ground and panicked. Maybe even died… what a tragedy

I always wondered why it wasn’t socially acceptable to bean a batter with a floater instead of intentionally walking a batter (before the changes).

I guess its because the batter could just pivot and send the ball into the stratosphere, but it would have sped everything up if there was a gentleman’s agreement in play.

I’m a Mets and Rangers fan, after Cherepanov, I took that title seriously before clicking for a sec.

Context for people who don’t follow baseball closely:

The person pitching in this video is Dee Strange-Gordon, who is actually a position player, not a pitcher. In recent years, it has become somewhat common for baseball teams losing by a large number of runs (in this case 11, which is an enormous lead in baseball) in late innings (a game lasts 9 innings and the game in this video was in the 8th) to stop using their normal pitchers and to instead use a position player on the mound.

Why do this? Well, the game is essentially over at this point, so managers do not see the point in wasting another one of their pitchers (and risk injury) in a game they are almost guaranteed to lose. For many position players in the Major Leagues—especially those who may have pitched when they were younger, but have since given it up—having the opportunity to pitch an inning or two in a big league game is something they’ve likely dreamed of doing.

Having a position player take the mound is a huge novelty for the sport and both teams usually get really into it. Imagine if a soccer midfielder were to take over in goal. It’s fish out of water situation and much of the entertainment comes from watching them throw pitches that are significantly less threatening than what a normal pitcher would throw. Strange-Gordon threw this pitch at 52 mph—a normal Major League fastball is usually in the mid-90s. As a fan, it can be very entertaining/funny to see someone normally known for playing, say, center field now having to pitch. It’s also very funny to watch batters who are used to extremely fast pitches have to adjust and try to hit these super slow pitches. They’re not as successful at it as you’d think!

I need everybody to remember this next time a person throws out the first pitch and looks terrible. That mound is further away than people realize

The craziest thing about baseball to me are their helmets. Those are the most durable piece of crap looking things.

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