Yu Darvish, much to the dismay of everyone in the world, went 8.2 perfect innings before Marwin Gonzalez, the same Marwin Gonzalez with a .607 OPS last season, hit a single between Darvish’s legs and past a diving Elvis Andrus to end Darvish’s bid. Right between the five hole those hockey fans like to talk about. A little slower, a bigger hop, an inch to the left, and perhaps Darvish gets a piece of it or Andrus can snag it and throw from his backside to get the out.
Not that Darvish wasn’t amazing, giving up one hit and striking out fourteen. He mixed all six of his pitches, getting 12 whiffs on his slider and 11 on his cutter.
In the end, the Astros looked a lot like the team that some peg as the worst in the league and Darvish looked every bit the unstoppable force he was in Japan. It’s always foolish to look too deeply into one game, but all of those who pegged Darvish for the Cy Young this year, they’re looking pretty sharp.
It’s only day two of the Major League season and we’ve already seen plenty of great moments. It’s nice to have baseball back.
THE BOMBS BURSTING IN AIR!!
Don’t worry, with exception to the boy’s pride and dignity, he was all right. The sunflower seeds came in at roughly the speed of Livan Hernandez’s curveball, so he walked away unscathed.
(h/t Baseball Nation)
I SAW THIS ON TV AND LAUGHED MY ASS OFF
Do it for the Chipper.
Come on Braves fans. Come on Baseball Fans. He deserves it.
I guess that “I don’t know if I can make it through this season” comment wasn’t a hilarious joke.
Considering just how injury-prone Jones was, playing over 140 games just once since 2004, it’s amazing to look at his numbers coming into the season. He’s collected 2,615 hits, 454 home runs, 1,561 RBI, and an rWAR of 82.7 despite playing just slightly more than your team’s starting catcher.
However, the only true way to honor the player is by embedding his Wendy’s commercial from the 90s: