Normally, baseball is not a contact sport at all, especially after they banned collision at home plate and take-out slides at 2nd base.
Well, in today’s Yankees-Rays game at Yankee Stadium, there was a hit that rivaled most of the hits you usually see on Sunday in the NFL.
To set the scene, with the score tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 6th, the Yankees sent Brett Gardner to the plate as a pinch-hitter for Pete Kozma.
Gardner proceeded to hit a tapper back to the mound that Rays’ pitcher Xavier Cedeno short-hopped to first, pulling first baseman Rickie Weeks Jr. off the bag, and into the path of the oncoming Gardner.
Both Gardner and Weeks left the game following the collision.
Even worse for the Rays, the go-ahead run scored to give the Yankees at 4-3 lead on their way to an 8-4 win over their divisional foes from Tampa.
If that video doesn’t work, here it is from a random Twitter account.
Baseball is a contact sport now: pic.twitter.com/jxOEKVebyq
— Dieter Kurtenbach (@dkurtenbach) April 12, 2017