The Phillies really need to get rid of the Hooters ballgirls in Clearwater

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It was kind of funny when that Hooters ballgirl the Phillies (or the ballpark, I’m not sure which) employ for their spring training games picked up a live ball and gave it to a fan last week. But this is a bit much:

Whether the point of the ballgirl/ballboy/ballwhoever is to keep foul balls from ricocheting back onto the field or into the stands or whether the point is for them to be eye candy, it seems that they should, at the very least, not endanger players going after batted balls. This one clearly doesn’t know what in the heck is going on on the field and she and everyone else is lucky that a Yankees player didn’t break their leg after she failed to get the hell out of the way.

Aaron Judge set a new postseason strikeout record

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For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:

The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).

It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: