There are just a few special things that will get me to flip over during a Red Sox game to take a peek at. Any Barry Bonds at bat a few years back, Sela Ward in some random Lifetime Network movie, "Deadliest Catch" on select Tuesdays, and Vladimir Guerrero.
Any dude with a strike zone that starts at the top of his head and ends at his cleats? I'm trying to catch every one of his at bats, anytime I can.
I honestly don't know if this really happened or if I just really wish it would someday, but the image of Vladdy hitting a ball that BOUNCED in front of home plate off the wall for a double is etched somewhere in my feeble mind, although a cursory tour of Youtube makes me think it's wishful thinking on my part.
Still, watching my man wobble up to home plate on knees a retired NFL lineman would cringe at, holding the bat like some over grown toothpick, then proceeding to hit the freaking cover off the ball more times than not is one of my most favorite non-Red Sox moments on a baseball field.
So after watching the Angels let him walk, it was with great joy I read tonight he's signed a 1 year deal to DH for the Texas Rangers, making them option #2 during the season. Watching Ron Washington chewing on a toothpick while Vlad and Josh Hamilton do their 2010 impression of the Bash Brothers is gonna be fun.
Meanwhile, another day has passed and we're that much closer to Truck Day and Spring Training.
God Bless Us.
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