Having a hard time with this whole “social distancing” thing? Yeah – us too. Especially when it comes to the lack of sports. So, we here at The Turf thought we’d offer a way to help ease the pain and suffering. While we may not have any of the current sports leagues to watch live, there is PLENTY of archive footage available at our fingertips. We’ve scoured the internet and assembled some of the most iconic, noteworthy and remarkable sporting events we could find. We also found some mundane, run of the mill matches and contests, that seemed banal at first watch. However, at this point, we’ll take anything that resembles sports, right? Each day, we’ll feature one of the contests and provide you a link where you can relive the glory, exhilaration, and thrill from the comfort of your couch.
Today: We think you’ll enjoy the San Francisco Giants vs. Arizona Diamondbacks on Opening Day 2017.
For all of you baseball savants out there, you probably already know why this game is noteworthy.
Yes, Jeff Mathis hits a triple, but that’s not why.
Mark Melancon does make his Giants debut in spectacular fashion after signing a massive deal, but that’s not it.
And of course, it’s two of the greatest pitchers of the last decade, but it’s less about their arms and more about one of their swings.
Madison Bumgarner goes yard not once, but TWICE in this game.
It’s insane. I had to re-watch his at-bats multiple times when I rediscovered this game. The swings are identical, so much so that it feels like the video is doubled. It completely feels like you’ve seen this before.
The other thing that’s crazy is that neither long ball is questionable. Both of BOMBgarner’s dongs were absolute no-doubters. The first one even got out in a hurry. That thing was a line drive. It’s insane.
Is it more insane than Jeff Mathis‘ Triple? Debatable.
Other than that, the early stages of this game are pretty normal. There’s the normal “Greinke Velocity” conversation happening in the booth. Jake Lamb and Wellington Castillo produce back-to-back strikeouts three consecutive times. Heck, at one point you can hear a fan yell, “GET IN THE HOLE!” Lots of talk about how good Bumgarner is, the occasional promotional bobblehead review, and plenty of early-season banter in the booth. It’s peak early-season booth banter.
That being said, Bob Brenly and Steve Berthiaume do a FANTASTIC job of calling this game. I’ve been spoiled as a Mets fan, thanks to the incredible booth of Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez, and Ron Darling. However, these two are so excited to have baseball back and their love of the sport shines through. I’m so here for these guys in a big, big way.
So that’s today’s game. It’s simple, it’s fun, it’s odd and it has a JEFF MATHIS TRIPLE. THAT’S NUTS. JEFF MATHIS OWNS A CAREER SLASHLINE OF .195/.254/.299, WITH AN OPS OF .552. THE GUY WOULD GO ON TO DOUBLE HIS CAREER-HIGH FOR TRIPLES IN A SEASON IN 2017 BY HITTING TWO THREE-BAGGERS. UNREAL.
Look, baseball is going to be gone for what looks like a while. We here at The Turf are going to do our best to shine a light through this darkness, by doing what we do best: being weird about sports.
See you tomorrow. Stay Safe. Stay Smart. Wash Your Hands.
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