June 17, 2017

Tearing a man's shirt off? Is that good baseball?

Here's Eric Thames after he hit the walk-off home run in the 10th inning for the Milwaukee Brewers last night. The teams' celebration culminating in the ripping off of the man's shirt:



Is there stripping in baseball? This has more the look of pro-wrestling. The look, not the sound. Thames sounds like a baseball player — modesty, emphasis on teamwork, etc. He didn't tear his own shirt off in triumphant display. He was swarmed, doused in Gatorade, pummelled by his teammates who seemed to be looking for new ways to get at him in a joyous play fight when they ripped off his shirt.

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46 comments:

AllenS said...

Yes, you have to see if there is a t-shirt underneath with a giant S on it.

Curious George said...

"Thames sounds like a baseball player — teamwork, etc."

The truth is that baseball really is more of a collection of individual efforts and results than collective results. The Brewers have a nice little team this year.

Francisco D said...

According to Tom Hanks, there is no crying in baseball.

Stripping? I'm not so sure.

Tank said...

Whatever happened to the old pie in the face?

Oh, that was the Yankees.


Lem said...

Maybe the point is to humiliate the new hero back to earth. In other team sports exceptional players go on to be named King James.

Ralph L said...

Must show off tattoos.
And muscles.

Laslo Spatula said...

The homoeroticism of baseball just made a bit more obvious, that's all.

Next it will be the ripping off of pants to display magnificent buttocks.

I am Laslo.

Jason said...

I knew this shit was going to start happening when I saw the Dodgers put up their logo in rainbow colors for Gay Pride Night at Dodger Stadium.

Laslo Spatula said...

I Googled "Brandi Chastain" and the first seven images are what you would expect them to be.

I am Laslo.

Laslo Spatula said...

Sometimes, after a particularly good comment, I rip my shirt off.

That bit of information is For The Ladies.

I am Laslo.

Ralph L said...

Bodice Rippers!

AJ Lynch said...

http://www.astropix.com/SPORTSPIX/BASEBALL/93PHILS/93_09.HTM

Danny Jackson of the Phillies does Hulk impression after Phils clinch.

TwilightofLiberty.com said...

Well, MLB does have King Felix.

But look at the size of that Thames! He's even more ripped than Bartolo Colon; didn't think that was possible.

Ann Althouse said...

"Brandi Chastain"

That was what I meant by "He didn't tear his own shirt off in triumphant display."

Jason said...

STELLA! STELLA!!!!

"Stella Artois."

Ann Althouse said...

"But look at the size of that Thames! He's even more ripped than Bartolo Colon; didn't think that was possible."

The tattoos outline the deltoid muscles.

It's like the way women use contouring makeup on their face.

AJ Lynch said...

Bartolo Colon. Me and my fellow Phils fans call him the Hippopotanmus but damn he can pitch at least until this year anyway,

Laslo Spatula said...

Domitian‎, the Proud Sexy Gay Commenter says...

I LOVE the look of muscles and dark chocolate skin! He reminds me of a guy at the Gym -- I can tell he's not Gay, but Damn I want him to make an Exception: I'd be Gentle that first time, and not shove my Cock too fast into his throat...

I've seen him shower after a work-out and he has a magnificent Horse Cock. My cock is not as big, but it is still quite large, and aesthetically pleasing, like if Michelangelo made Large Gay Cocks ...

Some guys can barely get their mouths around my Horse Cock. Like last night: I picked up a Middle Eastern dude at Whole Foods and brought him back to my condo -- I absolutely adored his swarthiness...!

We ate Hummus, and then he sucked my Horse Cock, but it was Very Disappointing: he would only put his mouth around the tip, and when I shot my load he turned away at the last moment, making me spray cum all over my magnificent suede couch...

Bye, everyone! Suck suck!

I am Laslo.

Laslo Spatula said...

Ann Althouse said...
"Brandi Chastain"

"That was what I meant by "He didn't tear his own shirt off in triumphant display.""

I got that. What I was hinting at was these would be the photos first found in a Google Search of him ten years down the road.

I am Laslo.

TwilightofLiberty.com said...

Oh. It was against the Padres.

Still, the Brewers being over .500 at this point in the season is more surprising Trump's election win.

rhhardin said...

Where I learned to fly they tore your collar off after you soloed and put it on the wall with name and date.

They didn't tear off mine probably because I was underaged.

tcrosse said...

It's like the way women use contouring makeup on their face.

Or like Loni Anderson Cleavage Shadow.

Kevin said...

Blaine Edwards and Antoine Marryweather give it two snaps!

traditionalguy said...

A rare moment. It is very rare to see a serious weight lifter playing baseball. They are usually more the golfer type with flexable biceps. But he seems very intelligent.

rhhardin said...

Gen Hirano weightlifter performs Adagio for Strings.

StoughtonSconnie said...

Two observations from a life-long Brewer fan:

One - Thames smile while rounding second is something I wish we'd see more of. This is a man who last year was playing in Korea, has been given a chance to play in the bigs by a team that is "rebuilding", and is enjoying every moment of it. That was an expression of pure joy. I replayed it for my ten year-old to show him how I hope he feels when he plays.

Two - Ann, it could be worse. They could have been playing in shorts.

mockturtle said...

I'd say it's very good baseball, indeed! ;-) Maybe we could make it a tradition for walk-off homers.

mockturtle said...

Gen Hirano weightlifter performs Adagio for Strings.

Wow! Beautiful. Never would have imagined this piece on the piano but he makes it even more evocative than the orchestral version.

Ann Althouse said...

"I got that. What I was hinting at was these would be the photos first found in a Google Search of him ten years down the road."

That's the one thing people remember, but otherwise, she'd be completely forgotten.

I think if you just mention women's soccer and not even Brandi Chastain, it would be the one thing people remember.

If you had a modern day "Dictionary of Received Ideas," you could have a entry for women's soccer or even women's sports with the entry: Brandi Chastain tore off her shirt.

Ann Althouse said...

Hopefully, Eric Thames will be remembered for great things, like winning the 2017 World Series, but I agree that people will never stop talking about how great he looked without his shirt.

exiledonmainstreet said...

Two - Ann, it could be worse. They could have been playing in shorts.

6/17/17, 8:19 AM

While the person who designed the White Sox shorts uniform should have received a jail sentence, after seeing Thames last night, I would not be at all adverse to watching baseball players play shirtless. Maybe the Crew could implement "Shirtless Sundays" instead of "T-shirt Fridays."

It is funny to hear Thames speak. I expected him to sound like Barry White; instead he sounds more like California surfer dude. He seems like a good guy, grateful to get another chance in the majors and thrilled to be doing so well.

While I don't expect the Brew Crew to go to the WS this year (I predict a Nats - Astros matchup), they sure are fun to watch and they're doing great in a rebuilding year.

TWW said...

This is not going to be another "shorts" thing, is it?

Ralph L said...

No one's mentioned his full black beard--or the hair on his face, either.

mockturtle said...

I predict a Nats - Astros matchup

Me, too, exiled. But the Brewers could hope for a slot in the playoffs. And I'm hoping for my Diamondbacks, too.

exiledonmainstreet said...


Me, too, exiled. But the Brewers could hope for a slot in the playoffs. And I'm hoping for my Diamondbacks, too.

6/17/17, 12:01 PM

If the Crew makes it to the postseason, I will be delighted.

The D-backs are good this year. I always hold my breath and shut my eyes when they are playing us and Paul Goldschmidt comes up to the plate. I'd say their chances of making it to the playoffs are good.

The Astros are just incredible this year -and they stunk for a long time. I love to see that, much more than oh, guess, what, the Yankees are good again. (Although Aaron Judge is amazing.)

TwilightofLiberty.com said...

The Brewers will NEVER win a world series.

Though I'd love to be proven wrong about that. Miller Park was my second home during college at UWSP. Was there when Jordan Zimmerman was unknown. Got to see him pitch for Nats later on. Pointers represent!

exiledonmainstreet said...

TwilightofLiberty.com said...
The Brewers will NEVER win a world series. "


NNNNNNOOOOOOO! DON'T SAY THAT!
she sobbed.

Mountain Maven said...

Lot of upsetting things going on.
Exuberance at the ballyard isn't one of them.

southcentralpa said...

There are weirder things. The Nationals were on a "douse someone who performed excellently with chocolate syrup" kick one year.

Ann Althouse said...

"Me, too, exiled. But the Brewers could hope for a slot in the playoffs. And I'm hoping for my Diamondbacks, too."

I call them the snakes.

mockturtle said...

I call them the snakes.

But not in the pejorative sense, right? RIGHT? ;-)

mockturtle said...

I only like the Nationals because of Dusty Baker. He's my favorite manager. I've always wondered if he has ever swallowed the toothpick.

Titus said...

I want him. Hot.

Bad Lieutenant said...

Titus said...
I want him. Hot.
6/17/17, 7:56 PM


We don't need you anymore Titus, Laslo does your shtick better than you do.

TwilightofLiberty.com said...

I like that AA's amazon portal sidebar is offering me Bill Schroeder's book about the Crew as i read the comments on this post.

walter said...

Until women athletes are able to go involuntarily fully topless in sporting joy, we won't have true equality..