Ubaldo, Hakuna, and Shark


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.



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


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)

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

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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