Eric Thames’ cleats cause sparks as he collides with outfield garage (Video)
Who would have ever imagined baseball cleats could be a fire hazard? All I can say is Eric Thames is lucky there was no gasoline or dry grass under his feet during the third inning Wednesday night, otherwise he may have had to stop, drop and roll. Thames went into the right field corner to chase a foul ball during a game against the the Orioles and collided with the garage door on the outfield wall. He was unable to make the catch, but he did make some sparks fly — literally.
As far as I know, this is a first. We’ve seen plenty of crazy things on the diamond like grounders taking U-turns and tipped barehanded catches, but sparks coming off a players feet is certainly one of the more rare sights.