AT THE BALLPARK — Happy Opening Day, everyone.
For many fans, it’s the one day of the year they can claim to be on top of their respective divisions. For fans of the Red Sox or Yankees, it’s the first day toward an inevitable World Series title or playoff run.
So this week, let’s take you out to the ballgame, buy some peanuts or Cracker Jacks, and come back with some of our favorite moments from the diamond.
As always, click the video above for all of our Great Clips of the Week.
Bat Cat surprise
Spring football is done at BYU.
But backup quarterback Jaren Hall’s spring is just getting started.
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound signal caller has been moonlighting his freshman season at center field with the BYU baseball team.
Not only did Hall play while running spring practices in the absence of Zach Wilson, but he’s also helped the Bat Cats to a 21-5 record and a 7-2 start in West Coast Conference play.
And he’s doing it with defensive plays like the one who performed in Saturday’s win over Saint Mary’s that clinched a series sweep of the Gaels.
Hall also hit the game-winning single in the top of the 10th inning last week to give BYU a 14-13 win over crosstown rival Utah Valley. He got to UCCU Ballpark in Orem in the third inning, entered the game in the bottom of the ninth, and scored Brock Hale with the game-winner one inning later.
In 14 games, Hall has four hits with four runs, three RBI, seven walks, four stolen bases and a .324 on-base percentage.
The Bat Cats play at rival Utah on Tuesday at Smith’s Ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. MT on the Pac 12 Network.
Jaren Hall: Quarterback by day. Clutch hitter by night! pic.twitter.com/0hweSRMvyD— BYU Baseball (@BYUBaseball) March 20, 2019
Harper homers off head
Bryce Harper’s 13-year tenure with the Philadelphia Phillies is starting off well enough.
Harper hit one of three home runs in the Phillies’ 8-6 win over the Braves on Saturday, all in front of a sellout crowd of 44,597 fans.
The Latter-day Saint wunderkind from Las Vegas smashed a 465-foot bomb — his first in a Phillies uniform in the regular season — into the second deck over right-center field, and the ball caromed off the head of a Braves fan from Tennessee before it made it back to the Phillies’ clubhouse.
The Braves fan told stadium officials that she was unharmed, by the way.
“Definitely one of the cooler homers I’ve ever hit,” Harper told post game television. “Just the fan base, just the stadium, the electricity we had in this place, it all came together.”
Stay classy, San Diego
You’ve seen the Presidents’ Race at Nationals Park in Washington D.C.
But what about the Anchorman race?
Famed newscaster Ron Burgundy caught up going around the final turn, and pulled away for a big win while mocking his competition down the stretch.