Friday, May 25, 2012

Ichiro forgets number of outs

Anyone who's ever played baseball long enough has probably had this happen to them.

Somewhere during the course of the 3-hour affair you daydream and your mind goes to another place other than the game. That's precisely what happened to Mariners' outfielder Ichiro Suzuki on Thursday as he lost count of the number of outs.

The incident occured during the top of the fourth when an Angels batter lifted a routine fly to Ichiro in right. The Japanese native made the catch with ease, but made the costly mental error of jogging back to the dugout thinking the side had been retired.

Obviously, it had not. It was only out no. 2 and the runners on first and second were aware enough to cash in on Ichiro's mental miscue--tagging up and advancing one base a piece.

Luckily for the M's, neither of those runners end up scoring that inning. However, it turned out to be a moot point as nobody on the Mariners scored that inning either...or for the whole game for that matter. The Angels blanked Seattle, 3-0.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

15 players suspended in LAX fight

Where else but Canada can you find an uprising like this in a game involving sticks?

Seen here is the Naniamo Timbermen and the Coquitlam Adanacs of the British Canadian Intermediate A indoor lacrosse league engaging in a massive brawl.

Apparently, the Timbermen were ignited by a goal scored by the Adanacs' Cody Reed that gave his team a whopping 15-4 lead just before halftime. So, instead of trying to make up the deficit, the Timbermen took to physical violence and it all escalated from there.

All totalled, 15 players received suspensions for their roles in the clash.

"Tempers are hot and fiery and someone might have said something to them and there you go," said league commissioner Gene Regier after the game. "Things happen in an instant, there's a lot of testosterone flowing on the floor."

Friday, May 11, 2012

Every infielder's worst nightmare

Things are going pretty well for the Texas Rangers right now. They're the owners of the best record in Major League Baseball (21-11) and perhaps the best player in the game as well in Josh Hamilton.

However, even the best of us trip up every now and then. And that's quite literally what they did in Baltimore on Thursday.

Trailing 6-1 with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Baltimore's Robert Andino skies a routine popup in the infield that should end the inning. Unfortunately for the Rangers, it doesn't. Shortstop Elvis Andrus and first basemen Brandon Snyder pursue the ball with great care, but ultimately bowl each other over as the ball falls safely to the ground -- keeping the inning alive for the upstart Orioles.

Baltimore's attempt at plating another run in the inning would be later stifled, but they went on to win the game by a tally of 6-5...proving once and for all that the old adage of "you can't win 'em all" holds true, especially for baseball.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

A feel good little league story

Usually here on BLC we focus on the silly, the stupid, or the outrageous moments in sports. But today we're going to turn our focus to a story that I found to be inspiring.

Seen here is Johnsonville (S.C.) little leaguer Coleman Shannon, who in a recent game tossed a no-hitter, with the benefit of just one arm.

The 14-year old Shannon was born with a limb deficiency that left him without any part of his right arm below his elbow. However, his physical challenges haven't prevented him from excelling on the ball field.