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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.

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.

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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.

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

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.

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.

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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

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.

On Jeff Ears

On Jeff Ears

The Minor League team El Paso Chihuahuas pranked their new member by making him believe one of his teammates was deaf. They kept it up – even during games – for a month. He was clueless right until they confessed.

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Shwood Louisville Slugger

Shwood Louisville Slugger

Shwood teamed up with Louisville Slugger to create these awesome limited-edition shades that are perfect for a sunny day at the ballpark. They’re made from reclaimed ash wood from old and broken baseball bats.

Rookies Personal Baseball Cards

Rookies Personal Baseball Cards

Rookies is a free iOS app that makes photos look like old baseball cards. You can then pay to have Rookies print your cards on premium recycled card stock. If you’re more of a basketball fan, check out this app instead.

RareInk MLB Art Series

RareInk MLB Art Series

A series of artful posters inspired by Major League Baseball’s players and stadiums, designed by great illustrators from around the world. Available printed on cotton rag paper, gallery-wrapped canvas, or brushed aluminum.

Taekwondo Pitch

Taekwondo Pitch

South Korean actress and taekwondo jin Tae-Mi threw this eye-catching first pitch at a Korean Baseball League game. She seems to have taken windup lessons from this Cirque du Soleil performer.

Bad British Baseball Commentary

Bad British Baseball Commentary

British comedian Anthony Richardson – the man behind the hilarious CPU vs. CPU – takes his commentating talents to the ball field. Fortunately for us, it seems like he also knows nothing about America’s pastime.

Husky Plays the Outfield

Husky Plays the Outfield

While his situation isn’t as precarious as ducks on an Indy track, this dog that ran onto the field during an NCAA baseball game is definitely out of place. Or is it? Seems that the crowd found its presence more exciting than the game itself.

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