GIF: Colby Rasmus Hits HR, Reacts Accordingly

The baseball cleared the right field fence at U.S. Cellular Field on the South Side of Chicago, past the outstretched glove of Alex Rios, and landed in the Toronto Blue Jays bullpen for a two-run home run. Colby Rasmus did what he always does: Not smile. He had business to take care of, a couple of bases to round. This is about as close as Rasmus got, even after a career night: a five-for-five performance, one that saw his wOBA rise from .304 to .326, and his wRC+ rise from 89 to 104, on the season.

Rasmus is stoic. The polar opposite of his fellow high-ceilinged teammate Brett Lawrie. And it’s been a study in contrast to watch the two of them play baseball on a day-to-day basis.

I can say with certainty that Rasmus will not be chucking his helmet in the direction of an umpire anytime soon. Not this year, or next. Probably never. That’s not Rasmus. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Helmet tossing, for the most part, isn’t a good idea. While Lawrie’s the talk of the town in Toronto for the way he plays the game — go go go — fans get on Rasmus for what seems like his indifference to the game. Where’s the hustle? Where’s the heart? If I can’t see it, it must not be there, right?

Wrong. Fool. What I love about watching baseball is observing the different ways players approach the game, and play the game. Both Rasmus and Lawrie have the tools to play the game at its highest level, that’s obvious, yet they go about it in completely different fashion. Is one approach better than the other? I don’t know. I don’t think so. If, at the end of their respective careers, Lawrie ends up worth 0.7 more wins than Rasmus, can we chalk that up to Lawrie’s exuberance? I’m not sure. But, again, I don’t think so.

What I do know is that I love watching both Rasmus and Lawrie play baseball. Both of them for different reasons. I wish every baseball player ran the bases like Lawrie. Even the fat ones. And I wish every center fielder gracefully patrolled his position, making it look easy, the way Rasmus does. I wish every swing looked as pretty, as aesthetically pleasing, as fluid, as Rasmus’s swing. No Blue Jay’s hits sound as good off the bat as Colby’s. Literally, that crack, bat meeting baseball. And I love that sound.

In the end, I believe Rasmus’s approach will pay off, especially in a game marked by failure. Here’s to stoicism.

GIF credit: Toronto Blue Jays gifs. Duh.




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Navin Vaswani is a replacement-level writer. Follow him on Twitter.


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DJ
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DJ
4 years 3 months ago

Playful Rasmus sightings are near as rare as unicorn sightings. We must cherish them.


(Credit: BJG.)

Also, max one smile a game, that’s all we get. See if you can spot it.

Big Jgke
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Big Jgke
4 years 3 months ago

Dammit, Navin, that’s just beautiful. Like Colby’s greasy baseball mullet.

Trey Baughn
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Trey Baughn
4 years 3 months ago

This is how Mark Wahlberg would play baseball

NorthYorkJays
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4 years 3 months ago

Colby Rasmus is my favourite Blue Jay, and it’s not even close. When you’re that good you don’t need to give off the impression of fake hustle; your coaches know it’s there when it’s needed and the relaxed style is more conducive to dealing with the ups and downs within the marathon of a baseball season. I wish they’d extend him right now before he gets too good and expensive.

steex
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steex
4 years 3 months ago

Your statement doesn’t go far enough. When you’re that good, you don’t even have to give off the impression of being good.

Manneresque
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Manneresque
4 years 3 months ago

I knew there would be a NorthYorkJays post on this article. His man-crush on Colby is as legendary as that greasy mop.

saucypony
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saucypony
4 years 3 months ago

Before I realized it was Omar Vizquel, I could’ve sworn Rasmus was high-fiving a coach. I also had realized until I looked it up, Omar is only 3 years younger than Ozzie Guillen!

bluejaysstatsgeek
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4 years 3 months ago

Navin, you’re such a homer. I love it!

Jaik Jarrkjens
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Jaik Jarrkjens
4 years 3 months ago

Rasmus is from south Georgia (the southern half of the U.S. state of Georgia, that is), just like J.D. Drew, another player criticized for showing a lack of emotion while playing. Have you ever been to south Georgia during the summer? The mere exertion of contracting one’s facial muscles so as to form an expression is enough to cause one to break out in a sweat.

Megs
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Megs
4 years 3 months ago

When Colby was with my Cardinals, his best friend was Brendan Ryan, who I guess is known to be a chatterbox and kinda a spaz. I think he’s genuinely just a quiet guy, not aloof or a jerk.

tincanman2010
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4 years 3 months ago

Well said!

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