A GIF and a Tune: Ian Kinsler and Modest Mussorgsky

Fellow FanGrapher and Internet superstar Drew Sheppard gifted us with the closeup footage of Ian Kinsler’s slide-fall into third from yesterday’s game.

It is a GIF of quiet sadness. Of baseballing malaise. Much like the subject of the Bydlo movement from Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Ian Kinsler is treating his neck like a beast of burden. Or perhaps the theory of momentum is the ox, and Kinsler is just the cart being pulled along the path– bumps and all.



Listen (this is the Ravel orchestration, obvs.):

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David G. Temple is the Managing Editor of TechGraphs and a contributor to FanGraphs, NotGraphs and The Hardball Times. He hosts the award-eligible podcast Stealing Home. Dayn Perry once called him a "Bible Made of Lasers." Follow him on Twitter @davidgtemple.

9 Responses to “A GIF and a Tune: Ian Kinsler and Modest Mussorgsky”

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  1. AGC says:

    The FPS isn’t as good on this version of the gif, but there’s something to be said for the dejected toe-tap at the end. http://d3j5vwomefv46c.cloudfront.net/photos/large/771329679.gif?1368806878

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  2. Ray says:

    Or, as Chris Berman might call him, Modest “Mouse” Mussorgsky.

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  3. gcm says:

    well done. this makes me want to find the appropriate pairing of gifs for the rest of the movements in pictures at an exhibition.

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    • Bad Bill says:

      As a starting point, might I suggest a montage of the hitting preparations of some of the more “fidgety” batters (Jon Jay is a good starting point) with the “Unhatched Chicks” movement?

      This one is indeed excellent, but I must say, the slow, almost painful lumbering of the oxcart reminds me even more of the way Albert Pujols is running these days than it does of this slide.

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  4. ASDOFB says:

    Can’t wait to see a GIF that pairs well with a piece Gyorgy Ligeti.

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  5. Patrick Samuel Deduno says:

    No Modest Mouse? No way

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  6. Toasty says:

    Which ballplayer then best exemplifies the Emerson, Lake, and Palmer interpretation?

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  7. Garys of Olde says:

    This is so great. I can’t believe how great this is. My 3-year-old daughter calls this song the goblin song. She has me narrate it with goblin stories while we’re driving. I’m adding a goblin named Kinsler who falls on his face next time we drive.

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