Over the weekend, the White Sox continued their winning ways by taking two out of three games from the Seattle Mariners. That makes 14 wins in 16 games for the surging Sox, who now sit atop the AL Central by 2.5 games.
However, in the one game the White Sox lost weekend, Mariners pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen made them – and one player in particular – look absolutely silly.
Here is White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez, on a 1-0 count with the score knotted at 8 in the 11th inning, attempting to decipher at Wilhelmsen pitch.
As the title of the Reddit post where I found this GIF says: it gives new meaning to the phrase “knee-buckling curve.”
The Mariners won the game 10-8, with Wilhelmsen getting the W. He pitched three pivotal innings, giving up just one hit while striking out four batters. Alexei, who has been red hot of late, went 0-5, so he clearly was not seeing the ball well no matter who was pitching.
As for Wilhelmsen, he does have a rather interesting story, as told here by Geoff Baker of The Seattle Times (hat tip to Redditor johnadreams). He was out of baseball for six years, but is now back buckling the knees of American League hitters.
This is my new fantasy baseball team avatar.