We at Manolith would love to embed this beast and share it with the world, yet you have to understand, it belongs to Major League Baseball.
If it’s the video you’re looking for, you’ll find it here at MLB.com, along with some commentary from Buehrle himself, but beware of Bud Selig–he’ll suck your soul out of your eyes when you visit the website.
It seems that with baseball losing viewers annually, the organization might join the rest of us in 2010, and take advantage of YouTube and maximizing self-promotion and preservation. I digress.
Every opening day I hustle down to a local watering hole to watch my beloved Cardinals play. While enjoying all of the opening day action, I coincidentally happened to peek over to a screen to witness this play by Mark Buehrle. Quite simply, one of the greatest plays I have ever seen. There’s nothing quite like a great pitcher who knows how to field their position well.
As the ball shot off his shin and into foul territory, it seemed obvious that it would be scored as an infield hit–nope. Most pitchers would have given up on the play, clenched their soon-to-be bruise, and focused on the next hitter. Not Mark Buehrle. If you’re a fan of baseball, you get to enjoy several great “web gems” of the flip variety throughout a season, but rarely will you see a flip like this. I don’t suppose we’ll see it again anytime soon. It was one of those plays that fans will attempt to emulate in their back yard, and kids will try it over and over again on the Little League field.
It’s an ESPY Award nominee, for sure.
(Image via: Chris O’Leary)