Everyone knows Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton has serious power. After seeing this picture, though, it turns out we may have underestimated it.
Jordan Jacobson, a fan at the 2014 MLB Home Run Derby at Target Field, posted a photo of what happened to his hand after he apparently tried to catch a Stanton blast. Let this be a lesson to anyone who tries to catch a Stanton-hit ball with bare hands.
Here’s what Jacobson had to say about the experience, via Page Q Sports’ Josh Baumgard: “It was extremely painful at first, then went numb after about 15 minutes. It probably would have felt better if I would have gotten the ball.”
He didn’t even get the ball. That’s just adding insult to injury.
For the second season in a row, the American League will host the World Series. And for the second season in a row, it was a New York Yankee legend that took center stage.
Last year, it was Mariano Rivera taking home MVP in his final All-Star Game. This year, Derek Jeter didn’t take home the same award, but he delivered a similarly memorable farewell performance, going 2-for-2 with a single, double and a run scored to help the AL to a 5-3 victory over the NL.
As one legend was on his way out of the game, another future star in 22-year-old Angels outfielder Mike Trout took the MVP award hitting a double, triple and two RBI.
Fox’s telecast of the 85th Major League Baseball All Star Game has been about 99.9 percent Derek Jeter worship so far. Love or hate the Captain of the American League team, its been all about Jeter. One fan at Target Field didn’t get the message, trying to get the ever-so-popular “over-rated” chant going as the future Hall of Famer stepped to the plate in the first inning.
As only Jeter can do, the Yankee great hit a vintage opposite field double off National League starter Adam Wainwright to shut the guy up as if it was preordained. He later scored on Mike Trout’s triple.
Jennie Finch might be the Randy Johnson of softball. Ok, she looks a hell of a lot better than the former MLB ace, but can scare even the toughest of athletes when stepping up to the plate to face her. Normally she would just lob the ball up to people like Andrew Zimmerman in celebrity All-Star games, however, Adrian Peterson isn’t some television personality. He wanted Finch’s best stuff. From ESPN:
That hitter would be Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who began ribbing Finch during a Sunday afternoon batting practice session. Peterson only played a handful of baseball games as a kid, he said, and hadn’t played in 15 years. If he’d taken any swings since then, he surmised, they might have come when the Minnesota Twins sent him a bat as a gift.
In AP’s second at bat, Finch threw him three straight rising fastballs. Peterson might have gotten a foul tip. His reactions were priceless.