MLB Honors Kobe and 5 Other Rad Things From Sunday

MLB gives their respect to the late Kobe Bryant.

It was a day of mixed emotions around the league as baseball and its players honored the life and legacy of Kobe Bryant on what would have been his 42nd birthday. There was also an air of wonder as we all anticipated what the “Slam Diego” Padres would do next? Well, they didn’t hit a grand slam but they did beat the Astros 5-3 to move to 18-12, the third-best record in the National League, and a certain someone made a very special play (more on that later).

So let’s dive right in—here are all the wonderful tidbits you may have missed from Sunday’s slate of games.


Kobe Love


The love was out in force for the basketball legend who tragically passed away in a helicopter crash along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna in California earlier this year. The Los Angeles Dodgers released the following video, both touching and poignant.

And both manager Dave Roberts, and reliever Kenley Jansen found their own way to pay their respects to Kobe Bryant.

Phillies superstar Bryce Harper, who is playing some of the best baseball of his life, also showed his respect for the former Laker.


Plays of the Day


A quick 1-2-3 of the best plays of today, starting up with a Phillies rookie making a splash (literally) with his first home run in the majors—welcome to the show, Alec Bohm.

It wouldn’t be the plays of the day without a Ramon Laureano defensive masterpiece.

And finally, that man Fernando Tatis Jr. making baseball all the more watchable by the minute.


Rendon Eats Bat


With all the new rules and regulations around players staying safe and limiting the exposure to coronavirus on the field, a popular no-no at the start of the year was Yasiel Puig’s tendency to lick his bat.

Anthony Rendon called that and raised it to a whole other level—chomp!


Zack Greinke’s Eephus


It’s glorious, it’s beautiful, it’s 54 mph, and it made hitter Trent Grisham laugh. Here is Zack Greinke’s Eephus.

It was so amazing it even Baseball Savant had a wobble!

It was another day of antics from the much-loved Astros pitcher, who spent some time chilling on the mound when the opportunity arose.


Tell the Boats!


You have to admire the continual creativity of Major League ballparks in providing entertainment to the fans when there are none in the stadium. PNC Park in Pittsburgh is well aware of the flocks of people who hang out on the river in the hope of catching or diving for a home run. Well, during the rain delay yesterday the stadium gave them some special messaging.




In my Best Social Distancing Plays article yesterday, I spoke of the genius of the mascots around the league making the most of the space in their stadiums. Well, Fredbird did it again. Warning, NSFW, haha!


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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