Acuña’s Long Pop-Up and 7 Epic Things From Friday

Homers, sweat, and tears...just another day in Major League Baseball!

A historic day indeed – it was the first time since August 4th, 1974 that there were as many as 20 games scheduled in one day in Major League Baseball. That included five doubleheaders, too. Here are all the wonderful tidbits you may have missed from Friday’s slate of games.


“Popped him up…”


No, I wasn’t surprised that Ronald Acuña Jr. hit another lead-off home run, his first of three on the day, which tales him to eight long balls for the season. However, the manner in which he hit the home run not only perplexed me but also Acuña himself. Indeed the announcer for the game called it a “Pop-Up Home Run” and went on to say, “I do not know how that ball left the park.”


What is clear is that Acuña himself did not think he had hit it out the park. The disappointment straight after he made contact and the slam of the bat on the ground indicates he thought he had hit a fly ball out to center field.


Here are the statistics on the hit – that 40-degree launch angle really stands outs. Thank you, Mr. Wind! His second home run of the day had a launch angle of 23 degrees, and his third, 30 degrees.



May vs. Mendick vs. Garrett Dance Off


Welcome to the Friday Night Dance Off! Dustin May is one of the most exciting young arms to have stepped on the mound this year. He also wears his emotions on his sleeve. Here is his dance-off leg-kick follow through after striking out Kevin Pillar.


Next up is Chicago White Sox infielder Danny Mendick, who took to TikTok alongside teammate Yolmer Sanchez for some #dancingfordubs after his side brushed aside the Kansas City Royals 7-4.



And last but not least, fiery Cincinnati Reds reliever Amir Garrett brought out the dab after watching Nicholas Castellanos home run land in the bullpen.



Who did it better, you tell us?


“Nobody and I Mean Nobody Beats The Orioles 20 Times In A Row”


It was probably the best call from any announcer yesterday, so credit to Baltimore Orioles play-by-play broadcaster Kevin Brown for coming up with this after the Orioles snapped a 19-game Yankees win streak with a 6-3 in their first game of a doubleheader yesterday.


The call resonated with many long-suffering fans in Baltimore.



It may have not been the most amazing thing from the two games today between the Orioles and the Yankees. No, I think this bat flip from Hanser Alberto after a…walk!? wins out. Love it when a hitter is so pumped about winning an at-bat with a base on balls result!



Door Jam!


Ben Heller has a name very similar to my own, and I would gladly swap jobs with him if he really doesn’t want to go out and be a Major League pitcher anymore.



Mascot Mario Kart


Level Up: Kauffman Stadium Track – presented with the perfect comment from Sarah Langs.




Mookie Makes Fan’s Day


Another day, another Mookie Betts home run. This bomb to deep left-center field managed to hit a cardboard cutout in the stands that had already seen better days, its head hanging down loose after being hit previously in the game.


And the purchaser of the cutout was thrilled to make the broadcast, citing it was his lucky day and because of it he was going to buy a lottery ticket.



La Tortuga’s Return


We all love Willians Astudillo, and baseball is a better place with him playing in the bigs every day. Today, he returned to the Minnesota Twins lineup and rounded the bases for a game-winning run. Here is the moment in all its glory…


And a few alternate angles to satisfy our love for this great player.



You’re Not Crying, We’re Crying!


It has been a lovely story so far, and one of the most unpredictable – 40-year-old Yankees catcher Erik Kratz is in his second stint with the club after a journeyman career across 11 different major league clubs and 325 games played. He has also tallied 1,027 games in the minor leagues. Talk about having love for the game. And the YES Network caught a nice moment the other day when Kratz jogged out to warm up with 21-year-old  starting pitcher Deivi Garcia, who was making his debut.



Pretty cool, and now the next chapter brought Kratz, and all of us to tears. He addressed the media after


Powerful stuff. I love baseball.


Benjamin Haller

A Yorkshireman living in Australia, loving Major League Baseball from afar. As I wait for my A's to build their new stadium, I spend my time coaching soccer, writing for, and over-analyzing relief pitcher scoring in fantasy baseball. Follow me @benjaminhaller1 for thousands of retweets

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