Do you believe in magic? If not, perhaps you just have affinity for physics? Either way, you’ll appreciate the bizarre U-turn a foul ball took off the bat of a minor league baseball player on Thursday night.
In the seventh inning of a Triple-A game between the Las Vegas 51s (New York Mets) and the El Paso Chihuahuas (San Diego Padres), a foul ball off the bat of Las Vegas infielder Eric Campbell seemed to be heading towards the dugout. Then, in the blink of an eye, the ball took a miraculous U-turn and headed towards fair territory.
Frozen in surprise, Campbell watched helplessly as the ball was picked up by the first baseman, who promptly tagged the bag for the inning’s third out.
We’ve never seen anything like this… but an out is an out. pic.twitter.com/tWEH0X1cFq
— El Paso Chihuahuas (@epchihuahuas) September 2, 2016
This isn’t the first time in baseball history the world of physics has come into play in such an extreme way. Back in 2012, a ball off the bat of Minnesota Twins shortstop Brian Dozier took a similar trajectory, but he chose to run out the play, ultimately beating the ball to first base for a single.
And that, kids, is why you’re always taught to hustle down the line no matter what.