A GIF and a Tune: Mahler and the Cardinals Battery

Some may say that the ball that fell between Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina in last night’s game was a mishap, a gaff, a whoopsydaisy. However, that’s only if you look at in the way time and gravity intended. If you shift your perspective by turning upside down or walking backwards or something — I’m not quite sure how the science works yet — then you’ll see that said play was revelatory, beautiful even. In this way, the ball is not falling to the ground to the disappointment of those surrounding it. It is being pulled to the heavens, having found the favor of the Lord. As the final stanza of the accompanying music implies:

Rise again, yea, thou wilt rise again,
My heart, in the twinkling of an eye!
What thou hast fought for
Shall lead thee to God!

Watch with intent while listening to a selection from the final movement of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 “The Resurrection.”

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(original GIF via @CorkGaines)




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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.


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Thought this would have something to do with Mickey Mahler. Still left amused :D

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