No outs, runner on first, ground ball to the second baseman. Now’s the time when that second baseman will get it to the shortstop so he can throw it to the first baseman. Easy enough, right? Usually that’s for two outs, but shortstop Everth Cabrera saved second baseman Logan Forsythe who wasn’t able to bring in the grounder, threw in a 360, and threw out the batter-runner Chris Johnson. Dan Uggla advanced from first to second on the play, but who knows how differently the game could have gone with first and second and no outs if Cabrera doesn’t make his Web Gem of a 4-6-3 for one out. It all sounds very fantastic, and it is, so make sure you watch the video or check out the GIFs I made of the play below.
Luckily Cabrera is so close to second base and the hop goes in his direction that he has time to get his stride going again to get to the ball.
Also lucky that Johnson is not the most fleet of foot.
But is Cabrera enjoying himself?
A pretty cool play, for sure, and how many of us didn’t imagine doing this while we played in our backyard, or in the park, or in one of the rooms of our residence, making a great play that would be GIF’d all over the internet for all the world to see?
Everth Cabrera has also silently put up a solid year for the Padres, clubbing four bombs, stealing thirty bases (best in the bigs), putting together a slash line of .295/.374/.413 while his 3.3 fWAR is eighth best in the Majors.