Travis Snider hit in face by pop fly (Video)
Pittsbirgh Pirates outfielder Travis Snider had a scary moment in the fourth inning of Monday night’s game against the Cincinnati Reds when a pop fly hit him right in the face. Reds third baseman Todd Frazier hit a fly ball down the right field line and Snider tried to go into a slide to make the catch. His glove missed the ball.
Fortunately, Snider ended up being fine. It was initially ruled that the ball was foul, but Cincinnati called for the play to be reviewed. To add insult to injury (literally), replays showed that the ball actually hit Snider’s face in fair territory. Frazier was awarded a ground-rule double.
Reds manager Bryan Price admitted that the ball hitting Snider in the face gave him time to determine if he should challenge the play.
“That was an interesting thing,” Price said, per MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon. “The ball was down the line, and we can’t see him there. As soon as it happens, Homer [Bailey, Reds starter] popped his head up and said, ‘You guys might want to take a look at that.’ Of course, we’re figuring they’re rushing out there to check on the outfielder, so we’re going to have all sorts of time.”
We know Snider is capable of making mind-boggling plays, because we have seen him do it in the past. Sometimes the ball just gets the best of you.
H/T Big League Stew