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(Hardball Times)   Today is the 20th anniversary of the most improbable home run in baseball history   (hardballtimes.com) divider line 60
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2013-03-30 12:01:38 PM
And here I thought subby might be referring to the Pine Tar Incident, the only game losing home run in history
 
2013-03-30 12:43:37 PM
That guy looks nothing like Kirk Gibson. Must be the bald spot.
 
2013-03-30 01:40:57 PM
I remember when I first heard of that, 20 years later.
 
2013-03-30 01:44:01 PM
Huh, I was thinking that that home run Ozzie Smith hit to end Game 5 of the NLCS, his first home running batting left-handed in 3,009 career at-bats, happened in 1985.

And, plus, it really happened in an actual game, not just in a comic strip that had been going on for 20 years longer than it should have been at that point.

/not hating on Peanuts
//just wish that Schultz had figured out what Watterson and Breathed did
 
2013-03-30 01:46:06 PM
I'm pretty sure the most improbable HR came on July 28, 2007.
 
2013-03-30 01:50:43 PM
I prefer true baseball history from 23 years ago.

<small>short version and true comedy</small>
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgmzXrwkjnY
 
2013-03-30 01:54:26 PM
i1228.photobucket.com

Also hit an improbable home run in 1993.

/Touch 'em all Joe
//Go Jays
 
2013-03-30 01:56:49 PM
meh.. so many other real stories (Johan Santana's comeback ending before it began.. Verlander and Posey's mega-extensions), we could talk about instead
 
2013-03-30 02:00:26 PM

The Bestest: meh.. so many other real stories (Johan Santana's comeback ending before it began.. Verlander and Posey's mega-extensions), we could talk about instead


Those can wait a bit while the fark fantasy league draft happens.
 
2013-03-30 02:05:51 PM

Greenville: That guy looks nothing like Kirk Gibson. Must be the bald spot.


I was gonna say, it's not October 15th
 
2013-03-30 02:10:28 PM
Bucky Farking Dent?
 
2013-03-30 02:16:12 PM
My first thought was for Robin Ventura's grand slam single, but then, I knew this wasn't October..
 
2013-03-30 02:20:15 PM
It's not May 23rd yet, subby.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9StStOsFpg
 
2013-03-30 02:24:19 PM

Thosw: It's not May 23rd yet, subby.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9StStOsFpg


I was watching that game on TV with my father.  We both almost pissed ourselves.
 
2013-03-30 02:28:31 PM

Robo Beat: Thosw: It's not May 23rd yet, subby.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9StStOsFpg

I was watching that game on TV with my father.  We both almost pissed ourselves.


Was that play ruled an error? -Can- a play be ruled both an error and a homerun?
 
2013-03-30 02:28:39 PM
I was actually wondering if Jim Abbot had ever managed to hit a home run (20 years ago).

/He didn't
//2 hits though
 
2013-03-30 02:36:26 PM

ArkAngel: And here I thought subby might be referring to the Pine Tar Incident, the only game losing home run in history


I can still remember the chew spit that Brett was spewing everywhere as he roared out of the dugout. Goddamn he lost his mind, it was insane. With good reason, too. It was a bullshiat move by the umps.

Also, thanks subby. Always good to see C. Brown get his day.
 
2013-03-30 02:38:18 PM
C. Brown wakes from bed
Brushes his teeth and he combs his head for school
Out the door and down the street
Down to the corner and a bus and some friends that he's supposed to meet
But there, not to his surprise
His friends have gone and they've told C a lie

But you can walk on with me
You don't even need to say a word
You don't have to worry about the others

I C (see) him and he runs up fast
Kicks at the air his friends watch him fall and then laugh
Charlie really likes his friends
But in his heart he knows that sometimes a dog is as good as any man
Trying to do as we should
That doesn't always rhyme with doing what feels good

But you can sit in the grass; it feels good
You don't even need to think a word
You don't have to worry, don't worry

Charlie there is drawing a gun
Right there in the square he's sketched Lucy on the run
Aims his eye, cocks his head
In a cloud of dust, dear old Lucy's gone
Charlie's only trying the golden rule
Draw unto others as they have been drawn to you

And you can walk on home with me
You don't even need to think a word
You don't have to worry...
 
2013-03-30 02:44:23 PM
If only there was a Jack Buck call of Charlie Brown's home run.
 
2013-03-30 02:45:43 PM

The Bestest: Robo Beat: Thosw: It's not May 23rd yet, subby.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9StStOsFpg

I was watching that game on TV with my father.  We both almost pissed ourselves.

Was that play ruled an error? -Can- a play be ruled both an error and a homerun?


To the rulebook!

6.09: The batter becomes a runner when --
(h): Any fair fly ball is deflected by the fielder into the stands, or over the fence into foul territory, in which case the batter shall be entitled to advance to second base; but if deflected into the stands or over the fence in fair territory, the batter shall be entitled to a home run. However, should such a fair fly be deflected at a point less than 250 feet from home plate, the batter shall be entitled to two bases only.


So, automatic home run since it traveled more than 250 ft, with no error.

Having an error and a homerun on a play would add a lot of weirdness (for instance, would the batter get an RBI?).
 
2013-03-30 02:49:00 PM
Nor is it May 27
 
2013-03-30 02:49:40 PM

DeWayne Mann: 6.09: The batter becomes a runner when --
(h): Any fair fly ball is deflected by the fielder into the stands, or over the fence into foul territory, in which case the batter shall be entitled to advance to second base; but if deflected into the stands or over the fence in fair territory, the batter shall be entitled to a home run. However, should such a fair fly be deflected at a point less than 250 feet from home plate, the batter shall be entitled to two bases only.


huh.. interesting

Now I can only think of some bizarre scenario where a ball somehow skips off a player and into the stands at the 250 mark, and the arguments that would ensue.
 
2013-03-30 02:51:18 PM

DeWayne Mann: The Bestest: Robo Beat: Thosw: It's not May 23rd yet, subby.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9StStOsFpg

I was watching that game on TV with my father.  We both almost pissed ourselves.

Was that play ruled an error? -Can- a play be ruled both an error and a homerun?

To the rulebook!

6.09: The batter becomes a runner when --
(h): Any fair fly ball is deflected by the fielder into the stands, or over the fence into foul territory, in which case the batter shall be entitled to advance to second base; but if deflected into the stands or over the fence in fair territory, the batter shall be entitled to a home run. However, should such a fair fly be deflected at a point less than 250 feet from home plate, the batter shall be entitled to two bases only.

So, automatic home run since it traveled more than 250 ft, with no error.

Having an error and a homerun on a play would add a lot of weirdness (for instance, would the batter get an RBI?).


Not on the same play, but in the same AB if there is a dropped foul ball error to extend the AB.

The home run would then be an unearned run, as would the runners on base until/unless a subsequent batter does something that would have moved them forward prior to recording the second (rightful third) out of the inning.
 
2013-03-30 02:56:42 PM
joonyer:

That's one of the songs that got me into WSP.  The 3/28/97 version at the Warfield in San Francisco is absolutely sublime.
 
2013-03-30 02:58:00 PM

The Bestest: DeWayne Mann: 6.09: The batter becomes a runner when --
(h): Any fair fly ball is deflected by the fielder into the stands, or over the fence into foul territory, in which case the batter shall be entitled to advance to second base; but if deflected into the stands or over the fence in fair territory, the batter shall be entitled to a home run. However, should such a fair fly be deflected at a point less than 250 feet from home plate, the batter shall be entitled to two bases only.

huh.. interesting

Now I can only think of some bizarre scenario where a ball somehow skips off a player and into the stands at the 250 mark, and the arguments that would ensue.


Just think: the RF foul pole in the polo grounds was 258 ft away.

CommiePuddin: The home run would then be an unearned run


Yeah, but the batter gets a RBI because he doesn't reach on error.

But on a hypothetical error/HR, the batter both reaches on error and doesn't.
 
2013-03-30 03:14:42 PM

DeWayne Mann: But on a hypothetical error/HR, the batter both reaches on error and doesn't.


Schrodinger's At-bat?
 
2013-03-30 03:17:12 PM
June 4, 2000 Devil Rays @ Mets:

Felix Martinez, he of the .214/.287/.290 in 731 PAs, hits a 2 run home run off Bobby Jones to put Tampa Bay ahead in the 3rd.

The D-Rays starter Esteban Yan then hits the first pitch he ever sees in the majors out for another home run for likely the most embarrassing back-to-back home runs ever surrendered, if not the most unlikely.
 
2013-03-30 03:31:14 PM
I immediately thought of Tom Lawless in the '87 world series.

Knocked one over the fence and nobody looked more surprised than Tom Lawless.  He hit two regular season home runs his entire career, and had batted under .100 that season.
 
2013-03-30 03:38:15 PM

Super Chronic: joonyer:

That's one of the songs that got me into WSP.  The 3/28/97 version at the Warfield in San Francisco is absolutely sublime.


Awesome, listening to it right now. :)
 
2013-03-30 03:49:35 PM
IIRC, Charlie Brown's team once had a winning streak! Unfortunately, they had to forfeit their wins because Snoopy bet a nickel on the games.

/seriously
 
2013-03-30 04:01:50 PM

joonyer: I can still remember the chew spit that Brett was spewing everywhere as he roared out of the dugout. Goddamn he lost his mind, it was insane. With good reason, too. It was a bullshiat move by the umps.


sitting

sitting

sitting

NUCLEAR EXPLOSION
 
2013-03-30 04:04:36 PM

DeWayne Mann: I'm pretty sure the most improbable HR came on July 28, 2007.


Nice Jason Tyner reference.  If you wanted to go with that vein, though, you'd have to go with August 29, 1977.  Future Cy Young winner Steve Stone gave up a home run to Duane Kuiper, his only homer in 3,754 career plate appearances, which is the current record for most PAs with only one home run.

Funny enough, both guys would end up going into broadcasting.  Kuiper does play-by-play for the Giants' TV broadcasts and Stone did television for the Cubs and now the White Sox.
 
2013-03-30 04:13:12 PM

rugman11: DeWayne Mann: I'm pretty sure the most improbable HR came on July 28, 2007.

Nice Jason Tyner reference.  If you wanted to go with that vein, though, you'd have to go with August 29, 1977.  Future Cy Young winner Steve Stone gave up a home run to Duane Kuiper, his only homer in 3,754 career plate appearances, which is the current record for most PAs with only one home run.

Funny enough, both guys would end up going into broadcasting.  Kuiper does play-by-play for the Giants' TV broadcasts and Stone did television for the Cubs and now the White Sox.


Yeah, I knew Tyner wasn't the most, but I couldn't remember who was and didn't feel like going to the googles.

Thanks.
 
2013-03-30 04:21:57 PM
Just in case anyone wanted to see the actual comic.

i302.photobucket.com
 
2013-03-30 04:22:51 PM

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: IIRC, Charlie Brown's team once had a winning streak! Unfortunately, they had to forfeit their wins because Snoopy bet a nickel on the games.

/seriously


It didn't help that Snoopy was betting with Rerun.
 
2013-03-30 05:07:33 PM
"Well shine my shoes at Niggley Field."
 
2013-03-30 05:15:45 PM
Oblig (NSFW Lyrics)
 
2013-03-30 05:20:06 PM

ArkAngel: And here I thought subby might be referring to the Pine Tar Incident, the only game losing home run in history


I believe they overturned the call though.
 
2013-03-30 05:35:48 PM
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-03-30 05:42:13 PM
Baseball nerds are the goofiest of f**ucks.
 
2013-03-30 06:04:35 PM

ImperialHazman: ArkAngel: And here I thought subby might be referring to the Pine Tar Incident, the only game losing home run in history

I believe they overturned the call though.


I never understood that. The rules are pretty clear.

1. If any foreign substance is more than 17 inches up the bat handle, the bat is illegal.
2. If an illegal bat is used, the batter is out.

Conclusion: Brett used an illegal bat and is out. As much as I hate the Yankees, Billy Martin was correct.
 
2013-03-30 06:05:59 PM

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Conclusion: Brett used an illegal bat and is out. As much as I hate the Yankees, Billy Martin was correct.


He may have been correct, but it was still a dick move.

/Yankee fan
 
2013-03-30 06:08:05 PM

The Bestest: UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Conclusion: Brett used an illegal bat and is out. As much as I hate the Yankees, Billy Martin was correct.

He may have been correct, but it was still a dick move.

/Yankee fan


Hey they play to win at that level. You know that.
 
2013-03-30 06:12:57 PM

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Hey they play to win at that level. You know that.


Yeah, I do.. which is why while I can't get -mad- at that and other Yankees Moments of Questionable Sportsmanship (recent examples like the Jeter phantom HBP, A-Rod's "slap".. A-Rod's "HEY!"), I don't have to -like- it either.
 
2013-03-30 06:22:29 PM

The Bestest: A-Rod's "HEY!"


I liked that one.
 
2013-03-30 06:34:08 PM

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: ImperialHazman: ArkAngel: And here I thought subby might be referring to the Pine Tar Incident, the only game losing home run in history

I believe they overturned the call though.

I never understood that. The rules are pretty clear.

1. If any foreign substance is more than 17 inches up the bat handle, the bat is illegal.
2. If an illegal bat is used, the batter is out.

Conclusion: Brett used an illegal bat and is out. As much as I hate the Yankees, Billy Martin was correct.


Because the pine tar rule was meant to save on cost, not even the playing field. The whole point of the rule was to try and keep baseballs shiny white
 
2013-03-30 06:45:17 PM

ArkAngel: Because the pine tar rule was meant to save on cost, not even the playing field. The whole point of the rule was to try and keep baseballs shiny white


But it's not what the rules said. Reverse the situation and say the pitcher was using artificial ball-whitener on the ball, and Brett strikes out. Is he out?
 
2013-03-30 07:00:03 PM

Pontious Pilates: [i1228.photobucket.com image 300x234]

Also hit an improbable home run in 1993.

/Touch 'em all Joe
//Go Jays


That was my first thought.

/hope they can get into the playoffs this year
 
2013-03-30 07:17:49 PM

snake_beater: Pontious Pilates: [i1228.photobucket.com image 300x234]

Also hit an improbable home run in 1993.

/Touch 'em all Joe
//Go Jays

That was my first thought.

/hope they can get into the playoffs this year


Consider yourself favorited in a lovely shade of blue, my friend. Twenty years is long enough. The time to strike in the AL East is now.
 
2013-03-30 07:28:14 PM

weirdneighbour: [25.media.tumblr.com image 400x600]


"BOINK! It! Is! Out of here!" XD
 
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