GIF: Reynolds & Showalter: The High Five Gone Wrong

Over the weekend, Mark Reynolds had six hits in 11 official at-bats. Three of those hits were doubles. Two of them were home runs. Reynolds scored four runs, and drove in six, in Baltimore’s sweep of Boston. He even stole a base. Perhaps most unbelievable of all, Reynolds struck out only twice, while walking five times. Mark Reynolds. Walked five times. Four times in one game, actually. Sure, the game lasted 17 innings, but, you say “w-O-B-A,” pronouncing each and every letter distinctly, while I say “wOBA,” pronounced “Whoa-bah.” The point is: Reynolds walked five times. And three of those four walks on Sunday came in the game’s first six innings. Let’s be honest: The Red Sox deserve to be in last place.

But Reynolds’ finest accomplishment of the weekend came Friday night, when, after his third inning solo home run off of Jon Lester, he left his manager, the inspiring Buck Showalter, hanging. GIF of the year. No doubt about it.

Now, we were going to send in our award-winning Investigative Reporting Investigation Team to, you know, investigate, until I realized that The Baltimore Sun‘s Investigative Reporting Investigation Team — yes, they’ve got one too — was already all over the story.

“It looked awkward and dicey,” they wrote, “but it wasn’t.” When asked about the incident, Reynolds actually said, “I gave [Showalter] a five when I came back out.”

That’s accountability, right there, folks. Mark Reynolds knew he owed his manager a five, and he gave it to him. He wasn’t about to let an awry high five ruin what’s been an incredible start to the season for Baltimore. This is why the Orioles are in first place in the American League East. This is why the Orioles have taken the “Best Team in Baseball” belt from the Texas Rangers. This is why the Orioles are for real. Maybe.

H/T: The Internet, for sharing this wonderful GIF, but mostly to FanGraphs’ own Jack Moore, who alerted the world to its presence on Saturday afternoon.




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Resolution
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Resolution
4 years 21 days ago

Mark Reynolds – the honey badger of baseball players.

Shaun Catron
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Shaun Catron
4 years 20 days ago

Mark Reynolds is the honeybadger, he doesn’t give a fuck he just takes what he wants. (usually strikeouts, sometimes homers)

tyler
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tyler
4 years 21 days ago

the walks and the high five show a complete change in reynolds’ mental game. he leaves showalter hanging, proving he’s adjusted his approach and will no longer reach to swing at everything put in front of him. Don’t go for the first high five you see, wait for the high five to come to you.

Sean
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Sean
4 years 21 days ago

On a serious note – Why is Reynolds walking 5 times surprising? He does own a 13% walk rate over the past 3 calendar years.

Randomdigits
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Randomdigits
4 years 21 days ago

Pretty sure that is more fine work from the OH. Reynolds has also been sunflower seed confetti bombing folks after homers and key hits.

Nathan
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Nathan
4 years 21 days ago

Seriously though, maybe Reynolds had to take a massive dump.

Kennan
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Kennan
4 years 21 days ago

More background: It was Reynolds’ first HR of the year and the guys in the dugout were giving him the cold shoulder to mess with him. He was avoiding eye-contact with the dugout since they weren’t making a sound.

TIm
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TIm
4 years 20 days ago

“you say “w-O-B-A,” pronouncing each and every letter distinctly”

Nobody actually does this, right?

Bill but not Ted
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4 years 20 days ago

Its like C-A-P-M

steex
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steex
4 years 20 days ago

I exclusively refer to wOBA using the melody and meter of Harry Chapin’s W*O*L*D. Then again, my goal in life is to be the morning DJ for an advanced baseball statistic, so this one is probably just me.

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