April 25, 2016
I’m not going to do the play justice, but let me post this just the same.
Saturday night, a ball was hit by Kyle Seager of the Seattle Mariners deep in the hole at shortstop. Now, usually when I watch a game, the game and each play has a certain rhythm and timing to it all; at least that’s normally the case.
On this particular play the ball went into Andrelton Simmons’ glove and .5 seconds later was on its way to first base for what looked like a routine out. The play was anything but routine. I don’t know if you realize how fast .5 seconds is, but when a play happens that fast – you think your eyes are playing tricks on you.
It was as if real-time was on extra, extra fast forward for a split second as the play unfolded. My eyes were focused in one area, anticipating when the ball should fly out of Simmons’ hand, but the ball was way ahead of my anticipation. It was like *ping* - ball gone. It was freaky. It was cool. It was magical.
I can’t imagine anyone having faster hands. It was like Muhammad Ali in his prime, flicking jabs – only faster; much faster. It was like the best magician in the world doing a slight of hand trick. I’m surprised I didn’t hear a sonic boom because surely that play happened faster than the speed of sound.
I can see why Simmons is considered the best defensive player in the game. With Mike Trout in CF and Simmons at SS, I can’t imagine a better defense up the middle. This is going to be fun to watch all season long.