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— Sean Breslin (@Sean_Breslin) June 29, 2013
I can see why people dislike Jim Harbaugh, but I absolutely love the guy. HIs baseball glove tour just reinforces that love. The best picture has to be from the San Francisco Giants, where he’s clearly sitting behind home plate, behind the protective netting, making it impossible for him to catch a foul ball. Doesn’t matter. When Jim Harbaugh goes to a baseball game he brings his mitt. He could be sitting behind protective netting or in the first row of the bleachers, if he’s in the house, so is his glove. There’s also not a doubt in my mind that nothing is stopping Jim Harbaugh from getting a foul ball. If the ball is hit in his section all he sees are seams: women, children, the elderly; just another hurdle to overcome. I don’t care if the 49ers ever win another game, I just want the Jim Harbaugh baseball glove tour to continue forever.
This is why I respect the hell out of Jim Harbaugh. Is he insane? Yes. But show me another man on this earth that can get that type of effort out of a walrus. I’m no scientist but Walrus’s seem like naturally lazy animals. I can’t imagine they spend their free time jumping out of the water and doing pushups. But when Jim Harbaugh is around he’s about one thing and one thing only: maximizing potential. That walrus probably saw Harbaugh coming and knew from the look in his eyes that it was pushup time. Most of us spend our vacations relaxing and drinking mojitos. Jim Harbaugh spends his vacations doing pushups with sea creatures. Game. Set. Psycho.
I’m having a hard time coming up with another explanation for this picture. It’s one thing to run all the way onto the field after the play is over. It’s ANOTHER thing to be completely on the field while the play is going on. It’s like he just forgot where he was or what he was supposed to be doing and just wanted to see the play. I don’t know if I should be happy or concerned that this man is leading my favorite football team into the Conference title game. The only comforting thing is I know he won’t be psyched out in Seattle. You can’t psych out a crazy person.
Jim Harbaugh has officially morphed into the ultimate “love him if he’s with you, hate if he’s against you” coach in sports. Naturally, I love him, and I’ll tell you why. If he COULD, and I mean literally if he was physically able to, he would’ve played yesterday. What other coach in negative degree weather is out on the field throwing the football around with his quarterback? Nobody. I’m not saying he’s mentally stable, or he doesn’t make boneheaded decisions (has to be the first time in history a coach has called a timeout before first play of the second half) because he does. But he cares about the team and it’s players above all else. Case in point were his post game comments on Michael Crabtree. Does Crabtree have the greatest hands in NFL history? No, but if my coach was saying stuff like that about me I’d want to give 200% when I’m out on that field because I know he has my back. The facts are that Harbaugh took over a 6-10 team that hadn’t had a winning record in 8 years and all he’s done since is won at least 13 games in 3 straight years and put the 49ers back on the map as a great football team. You can hate him, you can love him, but you can’t ignore what he’s done for this football team. Can I get a “wooooooooo!”
For Harbaugh’s post game speech, click here