Today's matchup in the GIF tournament pits Chris Davis against Bud Norris. In baseball, a matchup between these two would most certainly not go in Norris' favor. Lefties had an OPS of .890 against Norris in 2013 and the left-handed hitting Davis had an OPS of 1.142 against righties. Man, I bet Bud is lucky these two are on the same team.
But here in the GIF tournament, none of that matters.
We already saw the Chris Davis crushing 50 homers back on day one of the tourney. His homers beat out the Adam Jones Deke to move on to round two. Bud Norris got enough votes when he was featured in GIFs of the Week to earn a first round bye, so this is the first time we've seen this GIF since September 3rd.
Let me set the scene: a late season matchup between the Orioles and Red Sox. The Red Sox had the best record in the American League and were trying to fight off the Tampa Bay Rays for the division. The Orioles were 1/2 game out of the second wild card spot and clinging to playoff hopes. The Orioles scored first and took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the third inning. Norris had already given up a run in the inning and the bases were loaded with one out and two lefties, David Ortiz and Daniel Nava coming to the plate. Remember what I said before about Norris and lefties? Well, it didn't apply in this case. Norris struck out Ortiz swinging and dropped an 0-2 breaking ball on Nava for strike three. So confident was Bud that he didn't even wait for the call before he was running off the mound. We were all watching the at bat with through our fingers, scared to watch, but Bud was all, "I got this."
Voting will last until 11 a.m. tomorrow.
GIF Tournament, Part II:
Day 1: Davis crushes and Jones dekes
Day 2: Fan celebrations
Day 3: PhD in Webgemology vs Attaboy
Day 4: Nate's slide vs O'Day's K