It’s no Quentin Tarantino movie, but watching this hidden ball trick play out between the Carolina Mudcats and the Buies Creek Astros had my heart racing:
— Carolina Mudcats (@CarolinaMudcats) May 3, 2017
You can practically see the heart pounding out of the third baseman’s chest, and the careless cluelessness of the runner as he begins to take his lead off the bag. The umpires, meanwhile, are clearly letting this play out solely because they, too, want to see what happens (and I think it’s in their job description).
There’s even a moment around the 30 second mark, where the umpire signals to the third baseman, who returns the favor with a head nod. Apparently, there was some confusion and argument after the call, though, which led to the Buies Creek manager’s ejection. However, the call ended up standing and we got to see a legit, hidden ball trick, play out in real time. Absolutely awesome.
The Mudcats wound up winning the game 3-0.