There are a million reasons I love sports, but one of the biggest is the mix of emotions they bring out of me. There are plays that amaze me (the Bobby Ryan goal I shared the other day), and there are plays that make me laugh (the one about about to share with you now).
I was sitting around the newsroom yesterday getting ready for my show, so I had the Seattle Mariners game against the Detroit Tigers on the TV next to me. I wasn’t paying too much attention to the contest until one of our photographers asked me the score. The Tigers were up 1-0 at the time, but seconds later Seattle catcher Miguel Olivo put a charge into left field. It was either going to drop in for a double or Detroit’s Ryan Raburn was going to make a play on it. Raburn reached out, the ball hit his glove, and then it launched high over the fence for a home run. It was unbelievable!
My description doesn’t really do the incident justice. The quality isn’t very good, but here is video of the play. I’m sure you’ll see this on blooper reels for years to come:
You never know what’s going to happen when there’s a play at the wall. Two other goofs immediately come to mind: There’s the Jose Canseco blooper from 1993 when a ball bounced off his head and over the fence for a home run, and there’s Rodney McCray barreling through the wall in a minor league game in 1991. When you look ate the dates on these plays you realize that bloopers like Raburn’s don’t come along very often, so enjoy them while you can!
I’d love to hear what you think of the play (or even your first-hand account of the event if you were watching the game). You can leave a comment below, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.