Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Beautiful, Breaking Bat

(Here I go making a pun reference to a  TV show I haven't seen but really want to start, some day ...)

I didn't see this happen but heard about it second-hand: the hit that broke open Game 7 of the NLCS last night shattered the hitter's bat and actually hit the bat two or three times. Just look at this:

Something about that is just beautiful, the way the bat bends and the ball just rolls along the line of the wavering wood of the bat, more scooped than struck. It's like one of those slo-mo water droplet pictures, and it basically meant the Giants return to the World Series and the Cardinals don't. So, more Angel Pagan!

Nice analysis of whether this was a legal hit or not, and why it faked out the shortstop, here at Fangraphs.

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