This video has absolutely no business being so touching! Tuesday afternoon, the Philadelphia Phillies released a tribute thanking a group of the MLB's truest unsung heroes. They might not always get the job done, but everyone loves seeing them. That's right: position players who pitch.
Those odd moments where your shortstop or your right fielder has to get out of his comfort zone and pitch late in an out-of-reach game when no one else is available is one of the little things that makes baseball the particularly amazing thing that it is.
Even in a blowout game, seeing the most unexpected of players take the mound and show off some surprisingly compelling stuff brings a certain kind of excitement. Everyone misses the grand slams, the strikeouts, and the stolen bases, but what about a little love for emergency relievers?
The Phillies experienced on the of most shocking position player pitching performances of all-time last season, when outfielder Aaron Altherr struck out two guys down 14-0 to the Washington Nationals in the ninth innning.
Seeing an outfielder throw a 90 MPH heater is one of those things that only happens once in a great while. It's like hearing someone from New York City say they like Chase Utley, or Bryce Harper remembering which city he plays for.
It's almost June, and there's still no baseball in sight. As we continue on without the MLB, it's time to start being thankful for the little things in baseball like the Philadelphia Phillies have.