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.

Watch:

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

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David G. Temple is a systems analyst who writes for FanGraphs, NotGraphs and The Hardball Times. He hosts the award-eligible podcast Stealing Home. He has contributed to The Classical and The Platoon Advantage. 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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