Asdrubal Cabrera Got Caught In A Pickle And Proceeded To Remind Us All What Spring Training Is Really About
You know who wishes this clip existed two days earlier? The ace of the team that ever-so-slightly benefited from the hilarious play that perfectly captured the essence of spring training...
Seriously, there is no amount of unnecessarily censored tweets that could lend as much credence to the meaninglessness of March baseball as a video of a guy quite literally quitting mid-play. This GIF is for the obsessive lunatics that are treating practice games like appointment television and criticizing players for not recreating the 'Get Out' challenge in hopes of beating out a ground ball. If watching it didn't remind them of how insignificant spring training is then there is no saving them from dying an early death incurred from treating Triple A at-bats in games that don't count like they are life and death situations.
I suppose I'm not the best person to judge because I consider this time of year to be pre-preseason and the first 81 games of the MLB calendar to be the actual preseason. However, I truly believe there is no competition that can still be considered "professional" that is as inconsequential as games that need to be played out-of-region because even the weather in baseball cities isn't ready for baseball. I know this because - as bad and unnecessary as the NBA preseason is - I have never seen a player react to a double team during it by rolling the ball out of bounds and walking off the court. So props to Asdrubal Cabrera for giving us a great "fuck this, I'm out" and visually reaffirming Justin Verlander's message. Hopefully it provided a reality check to at least one person who was scoring games that are less important than wiffle ball tournaments like they are taking place during a pennant race.