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.
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.
You can score that a 1-umpire-6-3 double play. That has to be the first time that has happened in baseball history. It’s always impressive when we see a triple play (like this one), but the double play Dayton turned was even more fantastic. You probably won’t see that again.
Earlier this week, Ben Roethlisberger called on Martavis Bryant to step up and make plays to help the Steelers. During Saturday’s wild card game against the Bengals, Bryant did just that.
During the third quarter, with the the Steelers up 9-0, Bryant made one of the more remarkable catches for a touchdown you’re likely to see anytime soon. He had to turn his body and stretch to haul in the pass in the first place. Then, on his way to the ground, Bryant pinned the ball against his body and proceeded to do a somersault.
The play was reviewed and the original call on the field of a touchdown was upheld. After watching the play over a few times, I still have absolutely no idea how in the world Martavis Bryant held on to the football. One thing I do know, it will be on every highlight show for the next few days.
Francis Owusu made an incredible touchdown catch in the third quarter of Thursday’s UCLA-Stanford game that will go down as one of the best ever.
Owusu, who entered the game with just six catches for 81 yards on the season, caught his first TD of the year — and he did so in style. He used the back of a UCLA DB Jaleel Wadood’s jersey to catch the ball, much like David Tyree used his helmet in the Super Bowl.
Oh, and Owusu made that catch while being interfered with.
The best part may have been David Shaw’s awesome reaction:
That gave the Cardinal a 42-17 lead in the game. Yeah, things are going well for them.
Kendrys Morales pulled out the phantom slide move on Russell Martin Friday, and it worked to perfection.
During the top of the first inning of the Royals’ game against the Blue Jays in Toronto, new KC acquisition Ben Zobrist laced a single to right field. It scored Eric Hosmer easily, but Morales looked like he was going to be dead meat at the plate. That was until he pulled out the fancy slide by applying the breaks, causing Martin to go flying by:
Jose Bautista couldn’t believe that he didn’t get an assist for that perfect throw home.
There isn’t a phase of the game at which Mike Trout does not excel. The guy is a great hitter and defender, and as we can see, he’s also a stellar baserunner. Just take a look at the awesome slide he used to steal third base against the Red Sox on Friday night.
Trout was beat so badly by the throw that he was initially called out. Knowing he got his hand around the tag, he asked the Angels to challenge the call, which they did successfully.
Having the call overturned helped open the floodgates for the Angels. They exploded for nine runs in the inning and ran the score up to 11-3 before eventually winning 12-5.
This deke by Trout is so slick we have to watch it in GIF form:
Blake Griffin could probably pull off a 180-degree dunk with a severely sprained ankle. We’re so used to his freak athleticism by now that there is very little the Los Angeles Clippers star can do that would surprise us. Sunday night was an exception.
Toward the end of the Clippers’ win over the Boston Celtics, Griffin mistimed his jump while attempting to block a Jonas Jerebko layup. It didn’t matter, because Griffin was still able to turn his body around and swat the shot with his left hand.
Kam Chancellor nearly pulled off an awesome field goal block just before halftime in the Seahawks-Panthers playoff game on Saturday.
Chancellor knew the Panthers’ snap count and timed it perfectly to hurdle the center and affect the field goal. Graham Gano’s first 35-yard attempt was good but waved off because of a false start penalty. The kick was moved back five yards and on the next attempt, Chancellor did the same thing. This time he caused Gano to hook the kick wide left, but he was penalized for running into the kicker. On the third attempt, the Panthers varied the snap count so Chancellor did not try his hurdle. Gano made the final attempt to make the score 14-10.
No amount of time on the shot clock is too little for Trevor Booker.
The Utah Jazz big man made a shot behind his back on Friday despite only having 0.2 seconds to work with. He took a bounce pass and tossed it behind his head kind of like a volleyball bump, and it went in the basket!
Despite Booker’s miracle shot, the Jazz still lost to the Thunder 99-94. Booker had eight points, nine rebounds, and that great shot.