Friends, I'm proud to announce the winner of the inaugural installment of THIS WEEK IN GIFs. Having captured 430 of a total of 1,657 votes, and narrowly beating out UNHELPFUL AMAR'E STOUDEMIRE (376 votes) and GENTLEMAN GETS HIT IN THE DING-DONG (367 votes), the champion is ...
REBUFFED BUCK SHOWALTER.
The context: Mark Reynolds finally hit the first home run of the year. In accordance with tradition, his teammates in the dugout gave him the "silent treatment," refusing to acknowledge him as he trotted off the field. Here, manager Buck Showalter says "p'shaw to all that," and extends a gesture of congratulation. But Reynolds is too clever for that, and reciprocates a weird tradition that makes no sense at all.
The fist pump, man. I love it. This week's field was a very tough one, but we have a deserving champion.
We had quite a discussion in the comments. Some of those in favor of Showalter:
The Chris Paul flop was subtle, but Buck played that non-high five well.
In much the same way people favored the raptor over the Michigan punter in [the 64-GIF tournament] because of the deflation at the end, I think it’s the fact that Showalter not only fists pumps but depresses his hand with imaginary pressure from the low-five that never came before the fist pump.
- Loyal Internet subscriber MightyMightyMitzu
I will vote for any amount of Showswalter.
- SB Nation's Bill Hanstock
You can see all the rest of the GIFs, as well as the full voting results, right here. And remember, we're going to be holding these contests every Friday. So in the future, if you see a GIF and would like to nominate it for this competition, please tweet me at @jon_bois. Well done, everyone.