This Might Be the Most Complete Outfield Wall Face Plant I’ve Ever Seen
It’s the kind of thing you usually see only in movies/TV/cartoons for comedic effect: a guy – or a Wile E. Coyote – is running in hot pursuit of something and, because of a change in circumstance or something he didn’t notice, slams face-first and completely flat into a wall.
As long as nobody gets hurt (or can be drawn as healthy in the next animation cell), it’s hilarious. You cannot help but laugh.
In that spirit, and because he stayed in the game, I cannot help but laugh at one of the most extreme outfield wall face plants I’ve ever seen in baseball:
Perfectly flat. No notes.
That is 100% commitment to tracking that ball, to the complete exclusion of any of the surroundings whatsoever, including the warning track. I mean, to be fair, it’s in the name: warning. You’re supposed to be warned.
The outfielder, Jared Bujanda McConnell, stayed in the game for a few innings before being lifted for a pinch hitter after his team had tied the game. But you know how I know he was OK after the wall-plant? Because in the 6th, just before he was pulled, he made THIS incredible catch:
Hopefully he was OK after *that* catch. I’m just glad he did it, because it makes me feel all the more at ease about laughing on the earlier play.
The cruelest insult of all, by the way? McConnell’s team name … is the Road Runners.