Vine has become a great way for the Washington Nationals fan community to watch, and rewatch, our favorite plays soon after they happen. With a number of great Vines from April, I’ve decided that at the end of each month, I’m going to post some of my favorite ones from the previous month. Here are my favorite Vines for April 2014.
The Kevin Frandsen Catch This is a recent edition to the month’s list, but this Kevin Frandsen behind the back, off the wall, no look grab may have simply been the play of the month. When asked about how he made the catch by MASN’s Dan Kolko, he responded, “I wish I could tell you. Stick your glove out, and maybe things go in there.”
The Double Plays There have been two nice double plays that stuck out in my mind. One was when Ryan Zimmerman almost got impaled by a large shard of baseball bat before throwing it to running Anthony Rendon, who turned a 5-4-3 double play, and the other is when Danny Espinosa got wrecked by Christian Yelich while turning a 6-4-3 double play against the Marlins.
The Anthony Rendon Section In Zimmerman’s absence, Rendon reminded everyone that he is a third baseman by trade. He’s made some great picks and even more amazing throws at the hot corner. Here are just a sampling.
The Bryce Harper Section These two Vines sort of exemplify Harper’s April this season. One is of his massive, top deck blast of a home run. The other is of the infamous “lack of hustle” moment, which caused Manager Matt Williams to remove him from the game.
The Stretching Bullpen In the series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the Nats bullpen, for reasons I’m still not sure of, decided to do synchronized stretching in the middle of the game. It sure did make for some good television, though.
The Lodged Ball In case you somehow forgot, Justin Upton decided a ball was lodged under the outfield wall at Nationals Park and robbed Ian Desmond of an inside-the-park home run. Just a day or two later, Kevin Frandsen had the exact same thing happen and effortlessly retrieved the baseball. This move will cause the younger Upton brother to be booed mercilessly in Washington, DC for the foreseeable future, I’d imagine.
Did I miss your favorite vine? Comment below or tweet me @TheNatsBlogJoe.
Update: Friend of the blog, @bryan_in_dc, reminded me of a great one that I cannot believe I left out.
The Werthquake Bat Flip