In a stroke of certifiable genius, the programmers, engineers or whatever you call the computer geniuses who run MLB.com have devised a brilliant way to make the unfortunate experience of ending up on a site’s 404 error page an amusing and delightful detour on a person’s trip through the space occupied on the interwebs by Major League Baseball’s official site.
Customized and creative 404 error pages certainly are not a new phenomenon, but MLB.com has taken the tomfoolery further to an entirely new and entertaining heights by having a new GIF greet each visitor on every repeat visit. Or, at the very least, MLB.com has a revolving series of GIFs so a visitor isn’t met with the same one on subsequent page reloads.
Above is MLB.com’s old error page, below are some samples of what readers now are presented with each time you hit that F5 key:
Ryan Braun’s Rumble-Bumble-Stumble:
Jose Canseco’s home run off the head:
Matt Holiday getting hit in the nards by a fly ball:
The list goes on and on and on. Great stuff.