Ubaldo, Hakuna, and Shark

Southpaw

The White Sox beat the Orioles last night 1-0 behind Johnny Danks pitching and a homer by Jose Abreu. In honor of Independence Day weekend, hot dogs were a dollar and Southpaw wore his holiday best.

 

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Ubaldo WrappingUbaldo Jiminez started and pitched well for the Orioles. Ubaldo was an all-star for the Rockies in 2010. That year, he pitched a no-hitter and led the NL in winning percentage with .704 (19-8).

In 2011, Ubaldo slumped and was traded to Cleveland. In 2012, he led the AL in losses with 17.

This year, he has bounced back with a 7-4 record and an era below 3. But the main reason I took this picture is for an excuse to post the link to one of my favorite baseball commercials.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJiXnWSfqVU

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MachadoBaltimore’s leadoff batter last night was Manny Machado.

Manny was a 2012 mid-season call-up. In 2013, he led the AL in AB’s (667) and Doubles (51). He made the All-Star team and won the Gold Glove at 3rd base. The Gold Glove triggered a video and a nickname — Hakuna Machado. This is, of course, a play on Hakuna Matata from The Lion King. The video features lines like “He’s got a PHD, in Webgemology“.
Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpCHuE8imIo

In 2012, in Manny’s 2nd career game, he hit two Home Runs, which is amazing — but, more amazing? — they were caught by the same fan!  (teenager Adam Cord)

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As usual, there were several “first pitches” thrown. One was by the White Sox 1st round draft pick Carson Fulmer who signed earlier in the day. Upon signing, Carson immediately donated $10,000 to the Amateur City Elite program. One of Carson’s college teammates, Ro Coleman, is an ACE alum who earned a scholarship to Vanderbilt. Also pictured is Carson getting a tip from Jim Palmer.

xHahn and Fulmer-15 Fulmer plus 5 Fulmer & Palmer Carson Fulmer 1st Pitch

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The Discovery Channel sponsored the post-game fireworks show to publicize “Shark Week”, and so a shark threw out one of the “first pitches” to — Jeff “Shark” Samardzija.

Shark Pitch Shark & Shark

Shark Sign in Oakland

Jeff’s nickname sometimes comes in handy.

Like when an Oakland fan made a sign for Jeff last season.

 

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