Despite the drawback of most games being shown in the wee small hours, watching live Major League Baseball from the UK does actually offer a couple of advantages. One is the ability to watch day games live in the evening, with the first pitch typically being thrown somewhere between 6pm and 9:15pm UK time. The other is that, every so often, there will be a game still going on at breakfast time.
You look at your birth certificate and notice that the year begins with “198”.
Those in attendance, as well as the millions watching around the world, were yesterday fortunate enough to experience a slice of sporting history. No, not Germany winning the World Cup Final, though I have to admit that Mario Götze’s goal was pretty special. I’m talking about Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey hitting grand slams in the same game for the San Francisco Giants, thus becoming the first starting pitcher and starting catcher in MLB history to both hit a grand slam in the same game.
Cincinnati’s Billy Hamilton continues to amaze on the basepaths. As if to prove that his deceleration is just as impressive as his acceleration, here he virtually stops in mid-air to avoid the tag from Pirates first baseman Gaby Sanchez, in what MLB.com described as a Matrix move.
Earlier in the season, Hamilton tagged up and scored from third base on a pop fly to shallow right-centre field.