Umpire Will Little does awesome karate kick to avoid ball (GIF)
The New York Yankees had their first home game of the season on Monday, and lots of cool stuff happened during the pregame ceremonies. Being that it was Derek Jeter’s last ever home opener at Yankee Stadium, he and former teammates Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera — aka The Core Four — threw out the first pitch together. But somehow an umpire stole the show.
With New York leading 2-1 in the fifth inning, Baltimore Orioles third baseman Jonathan Schoop ripped a double down the third base line. Umpire Will Little had to think fast with the ball coming his way, and he reacted by busting out an epic karate kick to avoid being hit by the ball.
Not only that, but Little was still able to make the correct call while putting his athleticism on display. Sorry, Jeter — you’ll have plenty more opportunities to own the night at Yankee Stadium this season. Monday belonged to one of the guys in blue.
GIF via SB Nation