*Originally published on July 1, this was one of my favorite ‘Baseball is Fun’ moments from the 2022 baseball season.*
I think this is delightful all around, even if also a little bit weird.
Kansas City Royals rookie Vinnie Pasquantino just came up to the big leagues for the first time earlier this week, and tonight, he registered the first hit of his big league career. Not that he would ever forget it anyway, but he’s REALLY never going to forget this one.
The hit was a bullet to right field, seemingly off the wall. As Pasquantino motored toward second, Tigers right fielder Willi Castro grabbed the ball and threw an absolute strike to Javy Báez at second base. Báez applied the tag, and Pasquantino was initially called out by the umpire.
But Báez, having seen the play and being a good dude, motioned to both the umpire and to Pasquantino that, no, even though I just tagged you out, that was totally a home run. Watch:
Eventually the call was going to be corrected no matter what, so Báez probably didn’t ACTUALLY have change the outcome of the call. Still, that’s some nice sportsmanship, isn’t it?
Bonus for Pasquantino: since the ball bounced back into play, he got his first career hit – and first career homer – back without having to trade all that pesky gear to the fan who caught it …