A baseball season like we’ve never seen before produced a play that you’ve likely never seen.
It happened Monday night in the fifth inning of the Colorado Rockies’ 3-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field.
The D’backs’ Ketel Marte popped out to left field, where the Rockies’ Raimel Tapia caught the ball and threw the ball to first baseman Daniel Murphy as Kole Calhoun scrambled to get back to the bag. The ball got away from Murphy and Calhoun took off for second base. Except, Rockies catcher Tony Wolters was right on the spot, backing up the play and had Calhoun in a bad spot.
On Wolters’ throw to second base, Calhoun stuck his head in the way of the throw and the ball ricocheted off his batting helmet. Calhoun didn’t get away with the shenanigans and was called out. Inning over.
It’s a play that has to be seen to be believed.
After the game, Rockies manager Bud Black said Calhoun’s play reminded him of Reggie Jackson turning his hip to deflect a throw in the 1978 World Series.
Here’s that infamous play by Jackson:
While the Rockies snapped a seven-game losing streak with Monday night’s win, the Diamondbacks now have lost six straight.