"Friendship is one mind in two bodies.'" -- Mencius, Chinese author
Dual Thunder Flopping (5/1/2013)
In the early part of the 2010's, "flopping", which is essentially pretending to be knocked down by an opposing player, reached ridiculous heights in the NBA. Night after night, player after player chose to simply fall down rather than attempt legitimate defense.
Even though the NBA passed anti-flopping measures (with stiff penalties) in 2012, flopping didn't entirely disappear.
Case in point: the first round of the 2012-13 NBA Playoffs, when Rockets C Omer Asik dared roll to the hoop against Oklahoma City's Derek Fisher (#6) and Kevin Martin (#23) in the 2Q of Game 5.
Notes: Asik was indeed assessed an offensive foul on the play. You see #12 Patrick Beverley hoist a three-pointer after the whistle.
Up 3-1 in the series, the Thunder lost this game, but did close the series out two days later. While Martin was not fined for flopping, Fisher was hit for $5K five days later.
Asik finished Game 5 with 21 points in 38 minutes.
Mr. November Is Born (11/1/2001)
Game 4 of the 2001 World Series commenced on 10/31/2001. Initially a tight affair, the Diamondbacks moved ahead in the 8th and took a 3-1 lead into the 9th.
But Yankees 1B Tino Martinez smoked a two-run home run off Arizona CL Byung-Hyun Kim (who had entered in the 8th), forcing extras.
Midnight struck—it was now November. Kim remained in the game for the 10th, but after retiring the first two hitters, how much did he have left for the great Derek Jeter? Not enough, as it turned out.
Notes: The Diamondbacks RF you see in pursuit of Jeter's drive is Reggie Sanders. Arizona SP Curt Schilling, who started the game and threw seven strong innings, is shown in the dugout.
The homer was Jeter's only hit of the night in five trips. Kim finished with five K in 2.2 IP, but also allowed four hits—including the two homers—and a walk.
The win tied the series at two games apiece; Arizona eventually won it all on a walk-off hit in Game 7.
Fisk Tags Out Two At Once (8/2/1985)
On August 2, 1985, with two men on base, Yankees outfielder Rickey Henderson hit a ball over the head of White Sox center fielder Luis Salazar. Which should have been a good thing for the Yankees, except that after the ball hit the ground, everything that could have gone wrong for New York went wrong for New York.
Unsure if the ball would drop, lead runner Bobby Meacham (#20) slipped retreating to second base, allowing trail runner Dale Berra (#2) to nearly pass him. When 3B coach Gene Michael sent Meacham home, Berra followed closely.
Hall-of-Fame White Sox C Carlton Fisk was waiting for both men...
Notes: The play occurred in the B7th, with Sox co-ace Britt Burns pitching and the score tied at three. Henderson would be credited with only a single, and was not able to even advance on the throw home.
Mike Pagliarulo replaced Berra at 3B in the T8th; it's not clear if Berra was injured on the play or manager Billy Martin was exercising discipline...he was NOT happy in the aftermath.
Chicago would go on to a 6-5 win in 11 innings. Burns went nine of those innings.
Piscotty Hit Thrice (4/4/2017)
Getting hit with a baseball once in a game is unlucky. Getting hit a second time is extremely unlucky. Getting hit a THIRD time? What exactly did you do to piss off the baseball gods, son?
Now, as crazy as getting hit by the ball three times in a game sounds, imagine receiving those three dings in the same INNING.
And taking the final blow to the dome.
Meet Stephen Piscotty of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Piscotty has had his share of physical woes since entering MLB, but nothing absurd like this. After his 5th inning on 4/4/2017 against the Cubs, you can't help but believe Piscotty crashed into a mirror while darting under a ladder to avoid a black cat earlier that day.
Notes: Jake Arrieta is the pitcher who drills Piscotty at-bat, Willson Contreras is the catcher who drills him at second base, and Javier Baez is the infielder who beans him at the plate and knocks him out of the game. It was the second game of the season, for Christ sake!
Matt Adams took over in LF as Randal Grichuk moved over to RF in place of Piscotty, who returned for the next game. His run was the only one St. Louis managed, as Chicago triumphed 2-1.