Note: it’s quite possible that the player depicted in this video — identified by the Cubs broadcast team as Eugenio Suarez — is actually Ivan DeJesus. It’s also quite possible that the precise identity of the player is totally immaterial to how life is both hopeless and without hope.
For much of Monday evening, the Cincinnati Reds led the Chicago Cubs at the latter’s home park in the city of broad shoulders. Reds left-handed starter Brandon Finnegan didn’t concede his first hit until the seventh inning — and, even after a series of unconvincing appearances by a collection of Cincinnati relievers, that club still held a 3-2 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth.
With one out and men on first and second in that same inning, very large Cincinnati right-hander Jumbo Diaz entered the game — with the intent, one assumes, of preserving the Reds’ slim lead. What he did instead was to allow a first-pitch home run to Cubs shortstop Addison Russell.
What this post doesn’t include is footage of Russell himself recording that home run against Cincinnati’s Diaz. Imagine any of the myriad home runs you’ve ever witnessed in your life and you get the idea. What it does include, however, is video footage of Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez observing Russell’s home run — and providing, at the same time, a dramatic interpretation of the entire human experience, beginning (at first) with hope and ending (at last) with the certain knowledge that all things end horribly.
Should this video constitute required reading for all America’s youth? Logic dictates that it certainly shouldn’t not be that.
Carson Cistulli has published a book of aphorisms called Spirited Ejaculations of a New Enthusiast.
notgraphs, please stay, don’t go!