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2018 MLB Bad Lip Reading

2018 MLB Bad Lip Reading

“You know what my eyes see? Just pure pain.” Now that the Red Sox have put a dot on the 2018 MLB season, the rest of us can take a lighthearted look back at the season with the help of the folks from Bad Lip Reading.

Stadium Replica End Table

Stadium Replica End Table
$500  Buy Comment

Hammacher Schlemmer’s unique end table has a recessed model of select baseball stadiums below its glass top. It has LEDs that mimic the lights of the featured ballpark. Choose from Yankees, Dodgers, Red Sox, Cubs, Indians, or Cardinals home stadiums.

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Pillbox Baseball Mitt Wallet

Pillbox Baseball Mitt Wallet
$110  Buy Comment

Pillbox Bat Company’s leather wallets are made from repurposed and vintage baseball gloves, ensuring that each piece is one-of-a-kind and has a handsome worn look. It has two exterior card pockets and a money clip on the inside.

PF Flyers Sandlot Center Hi

PF Flyers Sandlot Center Hi
$70  Buy Comment

Benny! The Jet! Rodriguez! PF Flyers celebrates The Sandlot‘s 25th anniversary by releasing the Sandlot Center Hi, a replica of Benny’s shoes in the film. PF Flyers and New Balance also made versions of the shoe that are baseball cleats.

Stadium Map Art

Stadium Map Art
$125+  Buy Comment

Stadium Map Art makes framed and laser-engraved wooden maps featuring famous United States baseball or football stadiums. The maps come in two designs: a detailed city or campus map or a state-shaped map outlined with major roads.

Jim Beam Game 7 Batch

Jim Beam Game 7 Batch

To kick off the 2017 baseball season, Jim Beam is releasing a very special batch of whiskey for Cubs’ fans. The limited-edition bourbon barrel-matured the night the Cubbies won the World Series after a 108 year drought. Available starting June 1 in the Chicago area.

Deal: Cubs World Series Press Plates

Deal: Cubs World Series Press Plates
$35  Buy Comment

Wonderful pieces of wall art for baseball fans, these limited-edition Chicago Tribune press plates commemorate the Cubbies’ long awaited World Series victory. Includes 11.5″ x 22″ plates from the front page and sports section. Save 55% in The Awesomer Shop.

Pillbox Baseball Bats

Pillbox Baseball Bats
$195-$245  Buy Comment

Looking for a truly unique gift for a baseball fan? Pillbox Bat Co. creates these solid maple bats handpainted with a variety of neat designs. They’re coated with urethane so can actually be played with – though we wouldn’t want to risk a broken bat with our massive arm strength.

Chicago Cubs: Someday

Chicago Cubs: Someday

Nike goes for the feels with its celebratory spot for the Chicago Cubs and their hard-fought win of the 2016 World Series, a championship 108 years in the making. Congratulations, Chicago. Someday is today.

Making a Zombie Killer Bat

Making a Zombie Killer Bat

Carpenter Frank Howarth’s latest creation is designed for fighting off walkers, ready to bash in their skulls with even greater effectiveness than Negan’s dirty girl, Lucille. Plus, Frank’s turned, patterned bat is simply beautiful when it’s not covered in blood and guts.

David Ortiz: Designated Hitter

David Ortiz: Designated Hitter

The Boston Red Sox’s postseason exit was a underwhelming end to David Ortiz’s MLB days. But that’s barely a dent in Big Papi’s long and illustrious career, as evidenced by the thousands of fans who stayed to have one last look at their hero standing on Fenway Park.

DIY Aluminum Baseball Bat

DIY Aluminum Baseball Bat

You might not know it, but store-bought aluminum baseball bats are hollow inside. MP Dragon decided to create a solid, if flawed, aluminum bat by first sculpting his own wood bat, then creating a sand cast, pouring in molten metal, and finishing it on a lathe.

Anime Baseball

Anime Baseball

It’s pure coincidence that the same week we featured this video that Corridor Digital dropped their own take on baseball being played in overly melodramatic anime style. We’re thinking their version should have been titled Scott Pilgrim vs. The Yankees.

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Baseball Anime vs. Real Life

Baseball Anime vs. Real Life

Japanese cartoons love to make virtually any activity – cooking, goofing off in class, drawing – enthralling by presenting characters with supernatural talents or skills. But once in a while, life catches up.

Sadako vs. Kayako… in Baseball

Sadako vs. Kayako… in Baseball

The villains from classic Japanese horror flicks The Ring and The Grudge recently opened a baseball match in Japan’s premier league. The actors were promoting an upcoming movie starring the two characters.

Ball Boy Literally Saves Face

Ball Boy Literally Saves Face

The Minnesota Twins lost in their latest outing against the Orioles, but a new hero rose from the ashes. A Twins ball boy deftly caught a foul ball that was about to hit a young fan’s head. Cue the “Twins should sign him” jokes. Half-jokes. Hail Marys.

Pillbox Bat Co.

Pillbox Bat Co.
$195-$245  Buy Comment

Based in Winona, Minnesota, the Pillbox Bat Company makes solid maple baseball bats with hand-painted or hand-burned retro graphics. They’re beautiful enough to display but sturdy enough for casual games.

Making a Baseball Bat

Making a Baseball Bat

Make’s Darbin Orvar shows how to craft a baseball bat from three pieces of walnut and rough-sawn maple wood that she cuts, trims, smooths, laminates, then hand-tools and finishes on her lathe. It’s a tremendous amount of work, but an impressive result.

Ballpark Diamonds

Ballpark Diamonds
$100+  Pledge Comment

9″x 9″ relief sculptures of Major League Baseball stadiums laser cut from oak veneer. For now only Wrigley Field, Dodger Stadium, Fenway Park, AT&T Park, Busch Stadium and Kauffman Stadium are available; the rest will be made after the product launches.

Squirrel Dive-Bomber

Squirrel Dive-Bomber

A squirrel was spotted running to the top of the net at a recent Phillies/Cards game, when it suddenly took a flying leap – directly into the bullpen. We don’t know the prognosis of the squirrel, but he managed to clear the bench.

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Glove Toss out

Glove Toss out

In a rare moment of brilliance for the Chicago Cubs, pitcher Jon Lester had to improvise when the baseball got stuck in his glove. He tossed the entire glove and ball to get the man out at first. Naturally, the Cubs went on to lose anyhow.

World Order First Pitch

World Order First Pitch

The members of dance crew World Order recently threw out the first pitch at a Japanese baseball game, using their syncronized robotic movements in preparation for the toss. Seems like a great tactic to distract the hitter.

Kawaii Baseball Cards

Kawaii Baseball Cards

A side project of Tofugu illustrator Aya, Kawaii Baseball Cards features baseball cards of MLB players, complete with stats and trivia, and animated gif versions. She also makes other MLB images as requested by her followers.

29 Early Sports Rules

29 Early Sports Rules

If you thought some of today’s sports rules were strange, get a load of these juicy tidbits, compiled by Mental Floss. And yes, we know many of these are simply sports trivia, not rules. 21-point baseball winners? Bounce catches? Seriously?

Cranston’s One-Man MLB Show

Cranston’s One-Man MLB Show

“Any actor who tells you that he’s not inspired by Bugs Bunny is a liar.” The great Bryan Cranston pretends that he wrote, directed and performed a one-man play about the MLB postseason in this hilarious TBS commercial.

Baseball Player vs. 190mph Pitch

Baseball Player vs. 190mph Pitch

Japanese comedy show Downtown asked former pro baseball player Takeshi Yamasaki if he can take the best that a pitching machine has to offer: a 190mph fastball. Look at the thumbnail and guess. Skip to 3:15.

Derek Jeter: Respect

Derek Jeter: Respect

The Jordan brand tips its hat to the New York Yankees’ Derek Jeter, who is playing on his 20th and final season. Watch as fans, teammates, celebrities and even rivals honor one of the greatest players of this generation.

Modify MLB Watches

Modify MLB Watches
$35-$50  Buy Comment

Modify applies their mix-and-match design aesthetic to Major League Baseball, offering team logo watches for all 30 teams. Since the faces and straps are interchangeable, you can easily switch teams if yours starts to suck.

Ladies Man, Man’s Man

Ladies Man, Man’s Man

This young Barney Stinson was handed a foul ball at an MLB game. He then hands over a ball to a lady behind him, who was of course very touched by his gesture. We hate to break it to you like this ma’am, but you’ve been punked.

The Whirlwind Technique

The Whirlwind Technique

An oldie but a goodie from Freddie Wong, in which he shows off his impressive rapid-fire baseball batting technique. Given who it is in the video, we’re gonna guess it was VFX, not talent or luck, that helped him hit all those balls.

Kawasaki Gives an Interview

Kawasaki Gives an Interview

Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Munenori Kawasaki is still working on his mastery of the English language, but that just makes this locker room interview all the more endearing. His English is already so much better than Chico Escuela’s.

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