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Want to watch 25 minutes of Andrelton Simmons defensive highlights?

Nov 16, 2013, 11:25 PM EDT

Andrelton Simmons

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably seen me tweet about this ad nauseam, but it is my duty to share this and spread the Gospel of Andrelton Simmons as far and as wide as possible. Someone on YouTube did yeoman’s work and put together 25-plus minutes of defensive highlights involving the Braves shortstop during the 2013 season.

You’ll want to watch this video with a box of tissues nearby. Because his defense will make you cry. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

My favorite play of the whole montage, also depicted in the image to the right, occurs at 2:28.

Simmons went home with both a National League Gold Glove at shortstop and a Platinum Glove, both well-deserved. It’s going to be fun watching him play defense over the years.

  1. hammyofdoom - Nov 16, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    “You’ll want to watch this video with a box of tissues nearby. Because his defense will make you cry. Yeah, that’s the ticket.”

    Come on Bill, we both know that any tissues used while watching this video will he happy tissues, not sad tissues

  2. tfbuckfutter - Nov 17, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    It’s a trick.

    If you watch past the 4 minute mark it sends your IP address to the government and they send a team of white coats to haul you off to the loony bin.

    Seriously….who could sit through 25 minutes of highlights? Or am I weird for thinking that isn’t just weird but insanely weird?

    • historiophiliac - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      You’re talking about Braves fans, hello.

      • tfbuckfutter - Nov 17, 2013 at 11:51 AM

        Oh yeah.

        A fan base who will watch 162 games when they know there is only going to be, at best, 4 playoff games at the end.

      • historiophiliac - Nov 17, 2013 at 12:15 PM

        They like to be reminded of their former greatness.

    • clydeserra - Nov 17, 2013 at 12:44 PM

      defensive porn

  3. km9000 - Nov 17, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    At least they saved some room for commercials.

    It makes me think though that only a SS could warrant a highlight reel that long. A CF, 3B, or 2B wouldn’t have the same combination of dives, long throws, quick throws, bare handers, and base footwork.

    • tfbuckfutter - Nov 17, 2013 at 1:22 AM

      I was going to put together a highlight reel of Delmon Young eating meatballs but I could edit it down to only 25 minutes.

    • dcarroll73 - Nov 17, 2013 at 11:24 AM

      I’m willing to go way out on a limb and suggest you could do a pretty amazing 25 minutes of Willie Mays highlights if you could find enough of the old film. I remember seeing one catch where Willie realized there was no way to catch the ball and be in position to make the throw to hold/catch the baserunner so he caught it and flipped it to another outfielder who drilled it to the infield. There are many instances where he “deked” the runner to think he was making the routine throw to the base ahead but instead he threw a rocket to catch him off the previous base. All of this plus “The Catch” (complete with the even better throw in which is usually left out.) I would certainly buy this highlight reel if someone offered it.

  4. moogro - Nov 17, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    I never get tired of this stuff. Defense rocks!

  5. bobulated - Nov 17, 2013 at 4:28 AM

    It still blows my mind that the Braves drafted Simmons intending him to eventually move to the mound…

    • misterj167 - Nov 17, 2013 at 6:33 AM

      The Braves weren’t the only team who wanted to draft him as a pitcher (he can throw upwards of 97 mph), but they were the only team who were willing to try him out first as a shortstop, where he said he wanted to play. That’s why they got him and no one else did.

      The Simba Effect

      • misterj167 - Nov 17, 2013 at 6:34 AM

        Fixed link, I hope
        The Simba Effect

  6. chill1184 - Nov 17, 2013 at 8:08 AM


    On a related note would Ryan Theriot be the Anti-Simmons?

  7. spyder9669 - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    eh..I’ll still take Brandon Crawford

  8. aphillieated - Nov 17, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Don’t mind if I do..

  9. clydeserra - Nov 17, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    my favorite part is watching how many times freddy freeman a) falls down b) can’t execute the throw around the horn.

    seriously though, this kid is pretty good.

  10. Liam - Nov 17, 2013 at 3:03 PM


  11. liquidgrammar - Nov 17, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Who are you, Calcaterra???

  12. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Nov 17, 2013 at 5:43 PM

  13. mudhead123 - Nov 17, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Haha you’ll take Brandon Crawford? Is that the guy on the Giants with bitch hair?

  14. spacemaker101 - Nov 18, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Spyder6996- you would take Brandon Crawford over the best fielder in MLB?? Do you watch baseball?? That might be the worse comment I have ever seen… Crawford is a joke compared to Simmons.. . Wow

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