Yu Darvish Fan Completely Loses It
Put it in the books! The first week of the 2012 Major League Baseball season has come and gone, and it's left us with some indelible images and videos that we're still trying to wrap our heads around. Like this Japanese Rangers fan professing his profound love for Japanese Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish, or these decidedly more racist Rangers fans below. Click through to view the entire collection of Major League madness on loan from the Baseball Hall of Shame.
We've established that love for Pacific Rim pitchers is bigger in Texas. Apparently, catching-home-run-ball celebrations are bigger there too. Bigger, and embarrassingly whiter.
In Chicago, Bill Murray threw out the first pitch on Opening Day at Wrigley Field, and then did a very Bill Murray thing by sliding into home.
Who knew strips of cured pig meat would have factored so heavily into the first week of the baseball season? Royals outfielder Jeff Francoeur celebrated the second annual Bacon Tuesday with the right field bleacher creatures at Oakland Coliseum, this time with official t-shirts.
Meanwhile, fans in Baltimore jumped on the bacon-wagon with a new thick-cut, stick-based concession delicacy outside Camden Yards.
And while the Charm City faithful feasted Medieval Times-style on their street meat, they reveled in an Opening Day streaker to rival any court jester's routine. It was enough to make Orioles fans momentarily forget that they're Orioles fans.
Not to be outdone, a speedo-clad streaker swept through the Rogers Centre in Toronto. Pretty sure the philosophy behind "You Only Live Once" isn't meant to inspire spending a night in stadium jail.
But streakers weren't the only nuisance the Toronto security team had to face this week. One fan either intended to make a powerful political statement about the decriminalization of marjiuana or simply got really high and thought it would be funny to dress like a pot leaf to a Blue Jays game.
And where could you find the most disturbing imagery from baseball's Opening Week? Bienvenido a Miami. Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria celebrated the opening of his new
mid-life crisis stadium with the commissioning of a replica cake that came complete with a WORKING RETRACTABLE ROOF and 3,600 Swarvoski crystals embedded in the Marlins logo.
And once the last of the crystals were swallowed and all middle fingers were extended in the direction of poor people, Loria opened his stadium with a soul-shattering display of sadness by escorting a completely-unfit-for-public-viewing Muhammad Ali to the mound for the ceremonial forced handing off of the first pitch.
Here's to more bacon and less broken-down boxing legends in the weeks to come!