Thursday, July 28, 2011

Do Not Make Justin Upton Angry

In the fourth inning of tonight's game in San Diego -- you know, the best pitcher's park in baseball, the place where you do not exactly expect to see moonshot home runs, or offense of any kind -- Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton, who is just insanely hot right now, was denied time out before a pitch.

He got a little angry about this. In a good way. See what happens here.

For those of you who didn't click, he hit an absolute crush job to left center, leaving the yard with no doubt. Upton then proceeded to trot around the bases with a continuing and lovely case of the red ass. You've never seen a man less happy about going yard; it's pretty great. Well worth your click, even if you are an old-school guy who thinks that his next at-bat should end with a fastball in the ear hole.

Oh, and on that next at bat? He proceeded to hit the ball into the third deck in left field, off a freaking building. The "Western Metal Supply Company", to be specific. (Did you know that Petco had a building in left field? Of course you didn't, because no one has ever hit it with a baseball before. OK, I'm guessing on that last part. But still; ye freaking gads.)

Now, I happen to have this guy on my fake team. He's single-handedly keeping my interest in baseball right now, although watching the A's play with some small measure of competence after the All Star break also doesn't stink. But for the time being, Upton is just must-stream TV.

Oh, and Arizona? You might want to see what you can do to keep his Rage up. 900 feet of homers a night is worth trying to replicate. A lot. (And no one tell the Padres, Dodgers, or the rest of the teams with Upton upcoming about pitching around him. Thanks much.)

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