Posts Tagged ‘Carlos Ruiz’
This is actually from 2010, but it somehow slipped through the cracks of my everyday searches for Carlos Ruiz videos. Better late than never, the man is a cot damn thespian:
In the bottom of the 7th inning last night, as Carlos Ruiz walked up to the plate with the Phil Collins classic “In the Air Tonight” pumping through the Citizens Bank Park speaker system (his AB music for those not knowing), Ubaldo Jimenez stood in the visitor’s dugout and did his best Mike Tyson in The Hangover impression. Check the video after the jump, but I’m telling you — he gets into it. He went with the air drum sequence and everything. And as a bonus, you can listen to T-Mac & Wheels discuss that semi-humorous commercial on the MLB Network where Ubaldo goes to a rest stop and looks for a mini-license plate with “UBALDO” written on it. These two make it sound like the unfunniest commercial ever produced.
During the three game handling of the Reds that came to be known as the National League Division Series, the Phillies were treated to the sight of Aroldis Chapman, the 23-year-old Cuban exile-slash-fireballer, who not too long ago set a record for unfurling the fastest pitch known to man.
His first appearance in the NLDS was in Game Two, when the Phillies put together a rally against Chapman, thanks to a possible blown call or two and some defensive miscues from the Reds, including Jay Bruce’s blunder that allowed the Phillies to take the lead in the late innings.
He came back out to in Game Three, this time on the losing end of a 2-0 score in the top of the ninth inning against the tail end of the Phillies’ lineup. Despite not allowing any runs, it was almost a worse outing than his first go-round, as the Phillies ended up smoking three balls, two of which happened to end up in the gloves of the outfielders.
The one ball that wasn’t caught, though? It was sort of historic.
Carlos Ruiz was the only Phillie to get a hit off Chapman in Game Three when he roped a one-out double to right field. It doesn’t sound that impressive until you consider that the pitch that Chooch squared up was thrown at a blistering 103.5 MPH, making it the fast pitch ever thrown that ended up being turned into a base hit.
Let me explain. Pitch f/x data goes back to 2008, but SABR’s Trent McCotter found that nobody had hit a faster pitch than Ruiz. Here’s a look at McCotter’s list from the past three seasons:
- 103.5 mph: Carlos Ruiz v. Chapman, double, 10/10/2010
- 102.0 mph: Carlos Gonzalez v. Chapman, single, 9/6/2010
- 101.7 mph: Adam Dunn v. Joel Zumaya, single, 6/17/2010
- 101.5 mph: Derrek Lee v. Zumaya, single, 6/23/2009
- 101.4 mph: Mike Lowell v. Zumaya, single, 6/4/2009
- 101.4 mph: Alfonso Soriano v. Zumaya, single, 6/24/2009
- 101.1 mph: Scott Podsednik v. Zumaya, single, 6/11/2009
- 101.1 mph: Paul Konerko v. Zumaya, double, 6/8/2010
- 101.0 mph: Kazuo Matsui v. Zumaya, single, 6/26/2009
- 101.0 mph: Jason Kubel v. Justin Verlander, single, 9/19/2009
As McCotter points out, Ruiz’s pitch was 1.5 mph faster than Gonzalez’s pitch. That might not seem like much, but he said 1.5 mph is a significant gap when we’re talking about three years of data.
Zolecki also mentions that it was also the first time that a ball thrown in excess of 103 MPH was ever put into play, meaning that Chooch is probably the greatest hitter of all time or something.
ATJ, check out Senor Octubre celebrating Choochtober with a bad ass champagne shower from his teammates.
Via City Paper’s The Clog, an apologetic woman turns to Craigs List to seek forgiveness as she may or may not have drunkenly thrown a homemade friendship bracelet at Carlos Ruiz. Oh, and Carlos, if you’re not too busy, would you mind also telling Wilson Valdez that she is sorry? Thanks, pal.
My only advice to Chooch would be to keep the envelope she sends him the friendship bracelet in so he knows where to eventually send the restraining order.
Not only did Carlos Ruiz lead the Phillies over the Marlins tonight by going 3-for-4 with a 2-run shot, a couple singles and a walk, but he also raised his average to .300 and his team-leading OBP to .399. (Thanks, Cintron!) And as if that wasn’t enough already, after the game he joined the stylish Sarge Matthews for what has to be the greatest interviewer/interviewee tandem in recorded history.
If you like watching awesome things, you’ll wanna click Read More to watch it.
The other night when Carlos Ruiz AND Wilson Valdez scored on Placido Polanco’s sac fly, assistant athletic trainer Mark Andersen greeted the pair of run scorers with a double low-five x2/double backwards low-five celebration in the dugout. A simple, yet effective way of congratulating someone without looking like you spent half-a-day coming up with a secret handshake.
And it was *so* nice, it was just begging to be .giffed. Chooch is focused, man:
Check out the raw video from MLB.com if you want the Wilson Valdez version. It starts around the :36 second mark, and it’s definitely worth it. [Phillies take lead on sac fly]
I’ll be honest with youse — I’m a fairly mellow guy who doesn’t really get too excited about seeing some Birdland shirts on TV anymore (believe me, for every 50x I see it, I might post one), but when I see the Birdland representation on the left coast, I get a little chubbed up.
Thanks, homey in the Senor Octurbre hoodie:
Oh, and did I mention we have some brand-new Birdland x The Fightins x ZWR x The Wire Mike Sweeney hugs for everyone shirts? Cause we do:
Well lookey who’s about to take over the endorsement industry — Mr. Choochtober himself, Carlos Ruiz.
If you head to your local Shop Rite right now, you’re bound to bump into a giant cardboard cutout of the greatest Panama-born catcher in Philadelphia Phillies history.
And what is he slangin, you ask?
Only the finest energy drink on the market today — CINTRON. And if you don’t know what Cintron is, you better do like Chooch does and go get you some. Because drinking it immediately makes you the best at whatever the hell it is you do. Seriously, yo. Chooch started drinking this on July 27th.
He’s even got a contest going at Cintron’s website and you can even meet him at a Shop Rite soon, so go check out the rules and enter, dummy.
If you watched any of the games against the Cincinnati Reds, then you were treated to some awfully fun baseball, starting with Kyle Kendrick’s masterful start, which was followed by the Phils’ best come-from-behind victory of the season, which was somehow topped by the Halladay-Wood (yes, you read that right) pitching duel, and finally, capped off by a brilliant start from Cole Hamels to complete the four-game sweep against the best offense in the National League.
But lost in all that was several instances of fans behaving badly, none of which included tazing, green lasers, or vomit. I’m as shocked as you all are.
The first instance occurred during Thursday night’s game, when Jayson Werth was potentially robbed of catching a foul ball in the right field stands, due to a Phillie fan snagging it out of the air before Werth could get leather on it. It’s possible that Werth would not have caught the ball, and to be fair to the fan, he didn’t reach over the rail, but given the situation of the game (tie game, two outs), his interference could have been disastrous, especially if that possible third out turned into a run and, even worse, a loss. Fortunately for the fan – no harm, no foul.
The second and third instances both occurred during Sunday’s game, one inning apart.
In the third inning, Carlos Ruiz hit a line drive to the right-center field gap, and as it was coming down, a fan reached over the rail and tried to grab the ball. It was ruled a ground-rule double.
The next inning, Jayson Werth belted one to deep center field, just to the left of the tiny fence in dead-center. Again, a fan reached over the rail and snagged the ball in mid-air (pictured), giving Werth a ground-rule double.
Although Ruiz’s hit would have ended up a double anyhow, the same cannot be said for Werth’s. Had the fan not interfered, the ball would have likely careened off the top of the wall, meaning it could have bounced towards right field, toward center, or it could have died on the ball and fallen harmlessly back to the fielder.
Given the angle of that wall, and how hard the ball was hit, it is not unrealistic to think that Werth could have ended up with a triple, or perhaps an inside-the-park home run. As it happened, he ended up on second base, and would not come round to score. Had he ended up with a triple, and eschewing the fallacy of the predetermined outcome, he would have scored on Raul Ibanez’s fly ball two batters later, making it a 2-0 game.
And while the Phils would go on to win, the lack of an extra run was irrelevant, that’s not the point. The point is that fan interference is a problem, however small, in baseball, and I feel I need to use what little clout I have to address it.
First, and this is for the gentlemen who reached over and snagged Werth’s hit – let’s get the obvious out of the way: You’re not allowed to bring a glove to a baseball game, not at your age. Unless you have that syndrome that Robin Williams had in “Jack,” then I can safely say that you are an adult who brought a glove to a baseball game. I don’t know when the cutoff for that sort of thing is, but suffice it to say, you passed it over a decade ago.
Second – and this goes for all fans – we’re in a playoff race, folks, and you need to respect that. I know that it’s a great story, and that rawhide orb would look swell on your mantle one day, but for the love of Kalas, don’t mess with balls that are in play. You shouldn’t need me to tell you that; in fact, they remind you before the game. No excuses.
Third, everyone in the ballpark who sits in the first two or three rows has a responsibility to be completely aware of, not only their surroundings, but the situation so that they don’t interfere with possible game-altering plays.
Think of the first few rows at a stadium like those seats on an airplane that are located near the emergency exits. When you sit in those seats, you are given a responsibility. If something should go wrong, then you have to keep your wits about you and know how to act when the time comes. The same can be said for anyone sitting on or near the field at a baseball game, especially in their home park.
While a fan-interfered-with foul ball is unlikely to be a life-or-death situation, it can have consequences that can cost a team a game. Just ask Steve Bartman.
So please, if you are sitting in a part of the stadium where there is a possibility, however slight, that your going for a ball could have a consequence on the field, then please, just stay away.
October might depend on it.
On a night when Roy Halladay was nearly flawless, Cincinnati Reds pitcher Travis Wood was nearly perfect.
Wood, who is making his third career start, pitched eight perfect innings of baseball against the reigning N.L. champs before allowing a leadoff double to Carlos Ruiz in the bottom of the ninth inning. He struck out eight in the nine inning effort.
Halladay, the author of his own perfecto, was every bit his equal, allowing only five hits and a walk over nine stellar innings. He breezed through the powerful Reds lineup, and escaped a jam in the eighth, when he worked around a leadoff double and struck out the final two batters of the inning to preserve the shutout.
After Carlos Ruiz, in his first start back from the disabled list, was left stranded on third in the bottom of the ninth, the Reds threatened in the top of the tenth against Brad Lidge, who allowed a leadoff double to Jay Bruce to put the go-ahead runon second. After moving to third on a bunt, Lidge walked Brew Stubbs before striking out Ryan Hanigan for the second out of the inning. He intentionally walked Laynce Nix to load the bases before getting Brandon Phillips to pop out to end the threat.
The Phillies would go down without incident in the bottom of the tenth, and new reliever Jose Contreras set down the Reds in order in the top of the 11th.
Carlos Ruiz hit a one-out double, and three batters later, was brought home on a two-out single from Jimmy Rollins, to finish off the Phillies’ third walk-off win in three games.
Can you say “swagger?”
The Phillies go for the sweep in the fourth and final game of the series, and the last game before the All Star break. Cole Hamels (6-7, 4.05) takes on Matt Maloney (0-1, 4.76.)
Roy Halladay (ND) allowed no runs on five hits in nine innings. He walked one and struck out nine.
Jimmy Rollins went 1 for 5 with an RBI.
Carlos Ruiz went 2 for 4 with two doubles (10) and a run.
Jose Contreras (W, 4-3) pitched a perfect 11th inning, striking out two.
Travis Wood (ND) allowed one hit and no runs in nine innings. He didn’t walk a hitter and struck out eight.
Bill Bray (L, 0-1) allowed one run on one hit and a walk in 1.1 innings. He struck out one.
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