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Stranger Swings: Volume 2

What do San Diego and Oakland have in common? And can the Red Sox finish a game in 9 innings?

Albert Pujols by Erik Drost is licensed under CC BY SA 2.0

Stranger Swings: Volume 2

Estimated Reading Time: 3 Minutes

A lot can happen in roughly 3 hours it takes to complete a major league baseball game. Some things that aren’t normal. Sometimes downright weird things. Today, we’ll look at some interesting occurrences in the world of baseball.

Also, whenever I’m watching Stranger Things or a Padres game, my brain confuses Will Byers and Wil Myers. It’s getting to the point where I’m 100% sure that PetCo Park is the Upside Down.

Jaime Garcia: 3rd Team’s A Charm!

Jaime Garcia pitched his first game as a NEw York Yankee this week. Why is this important? BEcause it was his third consecutive start with a new team. Garcia began the season with the Atlanta BRaves and was traded to Minnesota, who flipped him and sent him to the Bronx. Weird stuff, but he did have his best outing in pinstripes… JK he went 4.2 innings and gave up 5 earned runs on 5 hits.

A Dinger off a Dong

San Diego Padres second baseman Carlos Asuaje doesn’t hit too many home runs. In fact, Asuaje has only hit two in his entire MLB career. The first home run he hit came in Colorado earlier this year off of Jordan Lyles, but his second went off the nuts of a Pirates fan. Not all dongs are safe from dongs, ya know?

Mike Trout is Very Good at Baseball

Mike Trout pre-injury: On pace for an 11.4 WAR.

Mike Trout post-injury: On pace for an 11.4 WAR.

Mike Trout faced off against the Philadelphia Phillies this week and one of the announcers brought up the fact that Trout had never hit a homer against his favorite team. Before the announcer could finish his sentence, Trout went deep. He would hit another homer before the night was over.


Alber Pujols has grounded into more double plays than any other people in the history of the game. For more on Albert Pujols, click here.

DeGrom Steals Second

Jacob deGrom stole second base on Friday, becoming the first Met pitcher since Oliver “HOW DARE YOU” Perez in 2008. deGrom only needs 9 more steals to tie Greg Maddux for most steals by a pitcher since 1990.

Evan Longoria Hits for the Cycle

For the first time in his career, Evan Longoria hit for the cycle. There’s nothing weird or odd about this, only that I could have sworn he did it before. Like, it’s amazing he hasn’t done it before, right?

Late Night Sox

The Boston Red Sox have seen extra innings in 4 of their last 10 games. They are 3-1 when playing bonus baseball.

Sonn-E3-E4-E9 Gray of the New York Yankees

The New York Yankees committed three errors in the first inning of Sony Gray’s Yankees debut. The Yankees lost the game.

Ball Goes Goes Top 10

I mean, put her at third, San Diego.

Hot Hedges Sax

The San Diego Padres will be selling tickets to four games, where fans can sit in the Hedges Saxy Section, due to his walk-up song being “Careless Whisper.” Hedges Saxy Section tickets include a ticket to a designated game, inflatable saxophone, and themed sunglasses. Hedges Saxy Section tickets are available for August 18, September 4 and 22. This is also something that Athletics did when Josh Reddick used the same walk-up song in 2015.

Also, something the A’s have done and the Padres are currently doing? Tanking.

Walkoffs, But Sadder

Less of a Stranger Thing and more of an Amazing Thing. All of the Walkoffs from July, but called by the losing team’s broadcasters! Enjoy!


That’s all for this week on Stranger Things! Thanks for reading!

Justin Colombo is a 2017 Broadway Show Softball League All-Star at 3B/SS. He's essentially the Manny Machado of the Kinky Boots team. Justin has been writing about Baseball since he was a little kid. Now that being an actor in NYC has given him a lot of free time, in 2015 he decided to take his passion public and founded Three Up, Three Down as a way to express his love for the game. From there, Three Up, Three Down grew from a hobby to an obsession. After years of growth and one insult from MLB's Historian, Justin launched The Turf, a way to expand into all areas of the sporting world. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter. LET'S. GO. METS.

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