With no outs in the top of the fifth inning on Sunday, Mallex Smith of the Atlanta Braves stepped up to the plate to play a little small ball. Down a run to the Royals with a runner on first, Smith placed a bunt down the first base line.
Although the bunt effectively pushed the runner over to second, it wasn’t quite the type of bunt that’ll typically lead to a hit … but that doesn’t mean Smith didn’t try in a uniquely creative, stylistic way:
Thanks for the dance.
Smith does a little shimmy to deke Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, but Hosmer was able to resist the fake out AND resist the urge to engage in an impromptu dance-off (what a disciplined veteran of the game).
Maybe next time, Mallex.