When things are going as well as they have been for the Jays in the midst of this eleven-game win streak, and after a sweep of a key division rival over the weekend, who needs a bunch of wordy nonsense to encapsulate what we’ve all been feeling?
Not me, that’s for sure! At least, I don’t need too many words. So let’s watch some GIFs!
Y’know… after the jump…
Via Twitterer @es0terix, here we have a pretty good encapsulation of what took place at the Rogers Centre:
The weekend started out rather hilariously, as on Friday, O’s manager Buck Showalter got himself ejected after arguing an overturned call, then decided to toss all the umpires from the game himself, as we see in this GIF from @iamjoonlee, via Sports Reel Boston.
That game, of course, was won thanks in large part to a staggeringly improbable game-tying two-run Munenori Kawasaki home run in the bottom of the seventh, which Jose Bautista paid tribute to with a tidy bow as the day’s co-hero (Rajai Davis, who got… uh… quite the bit of shaving cream in the face, being the other) came back to the dugout– before Mark Buehrle sent him out for a curtain call. (Seen here, via Gamereax).
Bautista ended up getting to the plate that inning, with the chance to put the Jays ahead, but he ended up striking out against Darren O’Day. The O’s submariner let him know about it, too, which Bautista didn’t take so kindly too. And Jose let O’Day know it the very next time he had a chance, chirping back at him following a tie-breaking smash in the bottom of the eighth inning of Saturday’s 4-2 Jays victory– as we see here via Josh Gold-Smith (aka @GoldAndOrSmith).
Sunday’s game, of course, was a bit of a laugher, so not much great GIFfery came out of any on-field action. We did, however, get to see Jose Reyes oh-so-close to Toronto, suiting up just an hour or so down the road in Buffalo. Via Gamereax, he gives a nifty salute as continues his rehab assignment.
John Lott of the National Post was there on Saturday, as Reyes wasn’t the only big attraction on the field– Darth Vader brought out some fans as well. Of course, the Star Wars characters were only making a one-day appearance, which isn’t so for Reyes, who still isn’t quite ready yet to return to the Jays. His status is “day to day” according to Alex Anthopoulos, via Ben Nicholson-Smith at Sportsnet, but after only playing as a DH on Sunday, the Jays have kept their big off-season acquisition in Buffalo, where he’ll play tonight– and may move to New Hampshire during the week, rejoining the team in nearby Boston on Thursday. This means Kawasaki Mania is able to continue for at least a couple more days, and don’t think that ol’ Muni isn’t a little happy about it, as we see him here (as we already did in today’s Morning After) dancing in the aisles of the team plane, via our own @ScottJohnson48:
Speaking of Munenori Mania, Scott noticed some intrepid businessperson following in the footsteps of one we wrote about last week. There appear to be some nifty-looking Kawasaki-themed t-shirts on that Teespring site, via Reddit, trying to follow in the footsteps of the one of “Encarnacion’s Parrot,” which I wrote about last week. Long story short on that one: someone made a shirt of a still of the Encarnacion parrot walk GIF that Scott and Zubes collaborated to create back in early May– which, amazingly, is actually exactly what J.P. Arencibia suggested needed to be done when he chatted with Chris Rose and Kevin Millar on The Best Interview In Baseball on MLB.com back on Thursday.
The clip, though it precedes the weekend and is therefore not terribly relevant to this post, is still worth a watch– especially for an appearance from the GIF around the two-minute mark!
So this is what it feels like for your team to be winning, huh? Fuck, no wonder people seem to enjoy it so much.
2013, you guys!