It’s official, I have been completely consumed with World Cup fever. And while I still don’t really understand what’s going on and while it seems like the world’s best players have real difficulty actually shooting at the goal, I have to say I have been completely swayed by all of the soccer love going on.
And because I’m now a soccer expert, I break down the 8 times that baseball players thought they were playing soccer over at Cut4. All of the square-balls, clearing the lines, and other bits of soccer goodness you can handle!
And some other things going on:
Dee Gordon has 37 steals. And while he’s got a long road ahead of him to reach 100 on the year, becoming the first since Vince Coleman, it’s not impossible. In fact, he’s already ahead of two of Rickey Henderson’s 100 SB seasons. And that’s insane. Check out the chart and all the facts.
Never thought a zombie outbreak was possible on a Raul Ibanez foul ball? That’s where you’re wrong. (This could explain Ibanez’s career path, now that you think about it…)
Johnny Cueto failed to break his bat over his knee. This gives me social anxiety.
Do you want to see my goony face? Ricardo, Mina, and Danny of The Wonder Bat invited me on their video podcast. They’re great. I’m goony. Enjoy!
And the other cool things from around the web:
Speaking of people breaking bats over their knees, do you like that sort of thing? Of course you. Here are a bunch of them in convenient gif form.
I love keeping score at a ballgame. I’ve been doing it ever since I took over for my coach on my Little League teams. Have you always wanted to, but didn’t know where to begin? This primer is for you.
Every Hall of Famer has made it to Carlton Fisk! More forever!
Craig Robinson has made the piece I’ve always desired. Team names written out as if they were the design elements on New Order albums.
Are hitters becoming too passive? Dave Cameron asks the questions. You decide. Or something.
Anyway, that’s all for now. I have to go out and find a pre-owned copy of FIFA because I can’t stop thinking about the World Cup. Quick, someone tell me who the utility infielders are of the soccer world, so I can become their #1 fan.