"Friendship is one mind in two bodies.'" -- Mencius, Chinese author
NEW! Lights Out For Glen Davis (5/26/2010)
In November 2019, you may have heard, ex-Boston Celtic Tony Allen shared the story of being knocked out by teammate Glen Davis (it's not quite what you may think). In May 2010, it would be Davis himself going down for the count, courtesy of inadvertent contact from superstar Magic C Dwight Howard.
It was the 3Q of Game Five of the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals; you'll see Davis trying to defend Howard inside. The best view of the blow is obscured by Celtics G Nate Robinson flying by, unfortunately.
Notes: It is Robinson dribbling the ball unsure of what to do as Davis staggers upcourt. Referee Joey Crawford catches the stumbling big man, as teammates Ray Allen and Rasheed Wallace offer assistance. Davis, who played 20 minutes off the bench and scored four points, was concussed on the play but returned for 17 minutes in Game 6.
The Magic would go on to win 113-92, staving off elimination, but fell to Boston in Game 6.
Ozzie Don't Need No Glove (4/20/1978)
It usually takes a little time to learn what exactly a rookie player can do. Can he play on the road? Is he durable? Will he hustle? Will he even care? In early 1978, the Padres had yet to find out everything that Ozzie Smith could give them over the long haul...but they were able to check "athleticism" off the list pretty quickly.
As Smith explains, ex-Cy Young winner Randy Jones is on the mound and ex-MVP Jeff Burroughs is in the box. It's the 4th inning of a scoreless game between the 2-7 Padres and the 3-7 Braves.
Notes: Smith's play proved important in a close game; San Diego was able to pull out a 2-0 victory over the great Phil Niekro, who went the distance in defeat. Burroughs finished 0-for-4. Jones went 8.1 for the victory.
Grichuk With The Theft (6/25/2018)
Toronto's Randal Grichuk has made many, many difficult plays in the field during his career, but the one he made vs. the defending champion Astros in 2018 may head the entire list.
The setup: one inning after Grichuk ripped a 471-foot home run to give Toronto a 6-3 lead in the 8th, Houston took their turn at-bat—Tony Kemp walked and Josh Reddick singled to bring up the powerful George Springer.
Facing RP Seunghwan Oh, Springer drove one over the wall...temporarily.
Notes: Following Grichuk's catch, Oh struck out the next two batters to lock down the 6-3 win, which was Toronto's third in a row.
Charlie Culberson Is Beaned (9/14/2019)
His career started very slowly, but Braves IF Charlie Culberson has persisted to become one of the better utilitymen in the game. And part of being a good utilityman is doing the little things, one of which is laying down a bunt when called upon.
Late in a September clash with the Washington Nationals, Culberson pinch-hit for SP Mike Foltyniewicz with the intent of bunting two runners up a base. Unfortunately, Washington RP Fernando Rodney's 91-MPH fastball carried just a bit too much movement...
Notes: You see on-deck hitter Ronald Acuna checking on Culberson, who missed the rest of the '19 season and was left with facial fractures and one gnarly black eye.
Adding insult to injury, the HP ump ruled Culberson bunted at the pitch, making it a strike and leading to Braves manager Brian Snitker's ejection.
OF Adam Duvall finished the at-bat for Culberson as the Braves went on to score four times in the inning; they'd emerge victorious 10-1.