GIF: Believe What Happened

Clickbait headlines usually say something to the effect of “You won’t believe what happens next!” This headline, my headline, commands you to believe what happened on Monday. Chelsea Baker, high school pitcher, knuckled into the Rays batting practice:

Knuckletown

Yes. She is a 17-year-old throwing batting practice, making All-Star Hitters look silly. I would say 17-year-old me is jealous, but 27-year-old me — as well as all my other outside-of-time iterations — are even more jealous.




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bdhudson
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bdhudson
1 year 10 months ago

Chelsea Baker > Erik Bedard

Mike Carp
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Mike Carp
1 year 10 months ago

She could teach me a thing or two.

Roger Clemens
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Roger Clemens
1 year 10 months ago

I’d hit that!

cass
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cass
1 year 10 months ago

Yeah, let’s treat all female athletes as sex objects. Real classy.

(I know this is a Roger Clemens joke, but that’s not the point. The point is that this commenter sees this teenage pitcher first and foremost as a sex object. This comment should be removed. It is disgusting.)

Bob
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Bob
1 year 10 months ago

Dear god lighten up. Because one comment on a Notgraphs page is exactly the same as treating all females as “sex objects” (which they are, men too, because we are human beings after all). People can’t even make jokes and more without someone trying to project their bullshit on it. The level of disdain certain groups have for sexual humor and sexuality would make the Victorians look like porn stars.

Apack
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Apack
1 year 10 months ago

Fuck yourself

Boop
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Boop
1 year 10 months ago

you’re an ass and I hope someone kicks your dog

Steven
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Steven
1 year 10 months ago

He treats objects like women, man!

jackie treehorn
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jackie treehorn
1 year 10 months ago

nonsense!

Psy Jung
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Psy Jung
1 year 10 months ago

The target is pretty clearly Clemens, not Baker – comedy deserves to be approached with some attempt towards understanding, not just instant dismissal based on subject matter. The joke is actually more or less agreeing with you – while being a hell of a lot more enjoyable.

frivoflava29
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frivoflava29
1 year 10 months ago

Yeah, let’s treat all mildly offensive comments as morally reprehensible. Real classy.

(I know this is a legitimate comment, but that’s exactly the point. The point isn’t that this commenter sees the comment first and foremost as a vague threat to his found existential meaning. This comment should be kept. It is kind of funny.)

james wilson
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james wilson
1 year 10 months ago

If baseball players are not the most instinctively sexist fellows around I don’t know who is, and the girls seem to like it just fine. White knight feminist jerkboys are despised by babes.

David
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David
1 year 10 months ago

Jailbait clickbait!

Bob
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Bob
1 year 10 months ago

Well she was just seventeen, you know what I mean

Bryz
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1 year 10 months ago

God, the “Knuckle’d! oops… I mean… Good Sport’d!” caption gets me every time.

Jose
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Jose
1 year 10 months ago

Thats about the only way I see a women playing in the big leagues.

Well-Beered Englishman
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Well-Beered Englishman
1 year 10 months ago

I’m so excited for Chelsea Baker it’s not even funny. I really hope she’s in the majors in 7 years. Fan for life.

The Return of Rambo Diaz
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The Return of Rambo Diaz
1 year 10 months ago

Seriously. What a neat talent and story.

Oilers21
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Oilers21
1 year 10 months ago

Chelsea >>>> R.A. Dickey

RMc
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RMc
1 year 8 months ago

I *wouldn’t* hit that…the ball, I mean!

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