A GIF and a Tune: Yu Darvish and Otto Respighi

I’ve been pretty heavy-handed with this theme recently, and this post wasn’t necessarily planned. However, as Dave Cameron pointed out, the baseball GIF game has changed, and therefor this specific one needs to be addressed.

Otto Respighi wrote Pines of Rome as the second installment of his Roman trilogy. The final movement, Pines of the Appian Way (edited here a little, for time), is meant to depict Italian soldiers marching up the historic Via Appia through the break of morning.

Imagine, if you will, that Yu Darvish’s pitches are not unlike the Italian soldiers, and the fabled road is not unlike the hitters’ swing plane. The pitches, like the soldiers, march through it valiantly — with grandeur. And in either case, the end is spectacular.

Watch:
(Author’s note: The present author has gained maximum enjoyment by waiting until the GIF is fully loaded, then starting the tune right as the pitches are leaving Darvish’s hand.)

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Listen:
(Author’s note: This is best heard through a good pair of speakers/headphones, and, in any case, as loud as physically tolerable.)

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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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Well-Beered Englishman
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Well-Beered Englishman

This is an absolute f*cking stupendous combination of GIF and tune. Damn.

Side note: I recommend the recent recording with the Sao Paulo Symphony and conductor John Neschling, which has a massive dynamic range. As you know, the beginning of “Appian Way” is very quiet, and a family member was washing dishes, so we turned the volume up in order for it to be barely audible. Then, as the march builds, the music grew so damn loud and powerful that the windows started vibrating, the bass climbed into the walls, and family members all around me were shouting “turn it down! turn it down! I can’t hear anything!”

Did I turn it down? You may guess for yourself.

Navin Vaswani
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YES.

Eric
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Eric

My day is made. As a side note, while watching baseball with my 9 year old, it is not uncommon for one of us to grab the remote to rewind and rewatch Yu’s pitches over and over again. Upon gazing that slow curve against Hamilton, my son simply said “wow.” When watching that slider that Pierzynski said “just stops and makes a right turn,” he giggles. As do I. It’s fun to watch Yu pitch.

Keith
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Keith

I was messing around with the comment image&sound=http://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv=VxLacN2Dp6A&start=35″ rel=”nofollow”>2001: A Space Odyssey Theme too.

FirstBleed
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FirstBleed

1:20 Amazing!

mitch001
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mitch001

Awesome. Also, I just watched while playing the Jurassic Park theme song. Epic.

airfigaro
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airfigaro

Keep ’em coming.

Brett
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Brett

Source? Don’t post other people’s work without attribution.

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