Thursday, June 12, 2014

5 best in-park reactions to Yoenis Cespedes' incredible throw

The video of the incredible throw Yoenis Cespedes made to retire Howie Kendrick at the plate on Tuesday really needs no introduction. If you haven't seen it yet, basically Cespedes bobbles the ball, scoops it up and throws it over 300 feet directly into the catchers glove for an out, preserving a tie game in the eighth inning.

Now, if you're like me, you will watch this clip again and again and again and again. And eventually, you'll start to truly appreciate the fan reactions to the play.

Here are my top five.

5. Pitcher Luke Gregorson and catcher Derek Norris (0:27)
Aren't you glad he's on our team?
At first glance it looks like just another "ho, hum, Yoenis just made another throw that shouldn't be humanly possible" reaction. However, you can see Gregorson mouth "that's unbelievable" and you know their both marveling at just how far he threw this ball here.

4. Tie - Safe. Safe. guy and kids holding hands (0:57)

The kid on the left is the only one who knows what's coming.
 You really need to watch this one to fully appreciate the leap from ecstasy to agony. On one hand you've got two kids holding hands, giddily jumping up and down with the knowledge that their beloved Angels are about to take a 2-1 lead in this game. The child on the left sees that dream shattered and breaks it to the friend on the right.

Meanwhile, the follicly challenged gentleman next to them doesn't want to believe Cespedes can do what he does. He visibly struggles to contain his excitement at the play at the plate, twice gestures and says "safe" before Kendrick gets called out at the plate and he loses it.

Actually, watch all the people behind the plate. They're priceless.

3. The first base umpire (1:12)
Bringing the fist-pump A game.

On a play like this, you need the emphatic fist pump to determine Kendrick was out. John Trumpane does not disappoint.

2. Yoenis Cespedes (0:20)
Sorry bro.
That look on Cespedes face says just one thing: If I keep doing stuff like this, they're going to realize I'm not human.

1. The mustachioed man (1:38)
If your mustache doesn't look like this, you need to try harder.
Seriously, look at that mustache. That guy hasn't shown emotion since the mustache was just a little peach fuzz tickling his upper lip. He reacts exactly how you you'd expect him to react.
Bonus Cespedes:

In case you missed it, Cespedes misplayed another ball into an out with his rocket arm on Wednesday.


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