GIF: Nick Swisher Reveals Absurdity of Human Predicament

There’s a certain sort of pain a ballplayer is compelled to endure as a result of striking out in a major-league game. There’s another sort of pain — a more immediate one, surely — which a ballplayer clearly is forced to tolerate on such an occasion as he’s hit by a pitched ball.

Moments ago, in the fifth inning of Cleveland’s game against Toronto, first baseman Nick Swisher was subjected to both kinds of pains simultaneously without any of the attendant benefits (i.e. taking a free base) typically associated with the latter.

In this poignant morality play, Toronto pitcher Drew Hutchison represents the menacing blitzkrieg of reality. Swisher represents the everyman, bombarded by hostilities. Cleveland, meanwhile, continues to represent Cleveland.




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Scott
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Scott
2 years 1 month ago

Erick Aybar laughs at Swisher’s ineptitude. Taunting him with his own Kafkaesque dance with the HBP:

Because if you’re going to swing at a HBP, make it a dickshot(TM).

Lord BatCat
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Lord BatCat
2 years 1 month ago

Looks like Aybar took that pretty well, considering the morally depraved nature of its location. He almost relished it with a true Hedonist’s pleasure.

Bingo Short
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Bingo Short
2 years 1 month ago

He does run to first, as the ball had escaped the catcher, thus demonstrating hope’s efficacy in the aforementioned predicament.

Bertrand Russell
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Bertrand Russell
2 years 1 month ago

I’m guessing this ended with a trifecta: Strike out, hit by pitch, and to cap it off a move to first only to realize that first was already occupied.

Schuxu
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Schuxu
2 years 1 month ago

First was open and there where 2 outs but he still was denied the base as this became a dead ball once it hit him.

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