Now that the final weekend of baseball’s regular season is upon us, we thought it would be nice to take a look back at what was undoubtedly the best play of the season.
There have been a ton of phenomenal plays this year. Home runs have been stolen, diving stops have been turned into improbably double plays and so on. It’s the same every year, baseball players amaze us with their ability to come up with seemingly impossible plays out of nowhere. Then we all debate on which one of those amazing feats qualifies as the best.
This year, there’s really no debate. The funny thing is, the best play of the year happened on April 5, Opening Day.
In the fifth inning of a 6-0 win over the Cleveland Indians, pitcher Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox left us all shaking our heads.
With one out, Lou Marson lined a one-hopper back up the middle. The ball struck Buehrle in the foot, then shot into foul territory up the first base line. Buehrle, sprinted after the ball, grabbed it with his glove and in one motion, flipped it between his legs to first baseman Paul Konerko, who caught it bare-handed for the out.
Amazing all the way around.
Video evidence is not embeddable because if copyright claims by MLB Advanced Media. For those who haven’t seen the video, get off your ass and check it out here (with Buehrle’s commentary here, and two calls here).
Buehrle, one of the most durable, fastest-working and solid all-around pitchers in Major League Baseball made a play that we’ll be seeing on highlight reels for years. We should probably expect such things from Buehrle, after all, he did win a Gold Glove for the 2009 season. Maybe his play on opening day, was just his way of validating that selection.
If that thing doesn’t win multiple ESPYs there is something wrong with those awards. OK, so there’s a lot wrong with that award show already, but still, you get the point.