Previously on Hunt and Peck we have broken down a few things. First we looked at the different parts of a walk off home run. That was good thing too, because the Cardinals lead all of baseball with ten walk off hits - eight of them home runs. We have also unpacked a player-umpire argument from an Independent League game. Now, we shall continue our work with the ever rare and ever prized pitcher homer. Let us begin with the full video:
The somewhat awkward swing
There are usually no style points for a pitcher home run. Bat hits ball, pitcher runs bases. Simple, yet beautiful in that simplicity. John Gant does not even have batting gloves. That probably is some else’s bat. This is his first major league hit and he made it count.
The surprised everyone
I like to look at the opposing team as they watch an unexpected home run. One can kind of see their thoughts go from “no way” to “oh, so this is how today is going to go”.
The teammates are fun to watch, too. My favorite in this particular gif is the first base coach:
The guy that is more excited than everyone else
For the Cardinals, this person tends to be either Carlos Martínez or, as is the case in this home run, Luke Weaver. Did Weaver need to jump the railing? Absolutely not. Did he let that stop him? Absolutely not.
The curtain call
Some people may call these curtain calls superfluous. Those people are boring and wrong.
Pitcher home runs are unlikely and often unexpected. That is what makes them fun!
John Gant’s Descent into Despair | Viva El Birdos
John Gant, King of Kings | Viva El Birdos
what else is going on in baseball...
Noah Syndergaard pokes fun at self when talking LLWS | MLB.com
The Minor-League Strike Zone Is Objectively Different | FanGraphs Baseball
Ronald Acuña Is Making History | FanGraphs Baseball
Patrick Corbin Got Better, Then Worse, Then Better | FanGraphs Baseball
Jayson Werth, Scott Boras, and Fiduciary Relationships | FanGraphs Baseball
Indians Leonys Martin dealing with life-threatening bacterial infection | SBNation.com
MLB’s dropped-third-strike rule is still the worst in sports | SBNation.com
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Win With Three-Run Walk-Off Uncaught Third Strike | Deadspin (shout out to Mark of OKC for this link!)
what the cardinals are up to...
The Cardinals Are a Different Team, a Better Team, Under Mike Shildt | 101Sports.com
I Write Wins, Not Tragedies 8.14.18 | Viva El Birdos
Paul DeJong's homer wins it for Cardinals | St. Louis Cardinals
Understanding Matt Carpenter | FanGraphs Baseball
KNOW THINE ENEMY...
the worshington nationals
Washington Nationals drop third straight, 6-4 to St. Louis Cardinals, fall 8.0 games back in NL East | Federal Baseball
the nl central
Reds utility player Brandon Dixon strikes out Indians' Jose Ramirez | MLB.com
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