There is not any crying in baseball, however apparently there may be kicking.
Throughout the eighth inning of Wednesday’s American League Central battle between the Indians and Royals, Cleveland designated hitter Franmil Reyes drilled a four-seam fastball from Kansas Metropolis reduction pitcher Josh Staumont proper again up the center. In virtually another occasion, Reyes would have added a single to the field rating however, whether or not out of unbelievable consciousness or whole luck, Staumont stopped the ball along with his foot.
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The ball bounced off Staumont’s left cleat, flew into the air and landed in Carlos Santana’s glove. Santana then tagged Reyes out earlier than he may slide safely into first base.
To borrow an previous hockey phrase, this was “a kick save and a magnificence!”
That will go down as essentially the most weird out of the 2021 season, nevertheless it is not the very best kick in MLB historical past: That honor goes to former Reds outfielder Paul O’Neill, who angrily booted a ball again towards the infield throughout a 1989 sport towards the Phillies.
“(Lenny) Dykstra hits me a ball, it is moist, and I am considering it is a do-or-die play,” O’Neill mentioned (by way of MLB.com). “I provide you with it or we lose. … I kicked straight-on, George Blanda-style. I believed the sport was over. I believed I would misplaced the sport.”
O’Neill did not lose the sport in that second, however Cincinnati did finally fall to Philadelphia. Staumont was strong in 1 1/3 innings of labor, putting out two batters and never permitting successful, however just like O’Neill, his group in the end misplaced.
Hey, a minimum of we’ll at all times have these candy kicks.