Found October 08, 2012 on Off Base Percentage:
There are quite a few ways to show up the opposing team. You can hot dog down the first base line after hitting wall scraping home run. You can do the Jose Valverde dance. Brandon Phillips is possibly the best defensive shower upper (pretty sure that's not a term) with his inability to make a routine play, well, routine.Last night during game 2 of the ALDS against the Oakland A's (Who seem to have remembered that they are, in fact, the Oakland A's), fans were witness to a little bit of showing up done by one Al Alburquerque.Despite the fact that he needs to drop the "r" so that his name is spelled like the New Mexico city making it easier for my computer's spell checker to understand, Alburquerque has done quite well in the big leagues at the start of his career. After a very impressive 2011 campaign, young Al needed to have off season surgery that would force him to miss nearly all of 2012, and yes, I am avoiding typing out his last name.Now back, and doin...
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