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GIF of the Day: Joe Mauer did this last night

Aug 28, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

I’m not really even sure how to describe this moment from last night’s Twins-Mariners game, other than to say keep an eye on Joe Mauer and the baseball:

(Thanks to Jeff Sullivan of Lookout Landing for the GIF.)

  1. vallewho - Aug 28, 2012 at 2:50 PM


  2. senorstem - Aug 28, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    Well, we know that Joe Mauer has confidence…

  3. number42is1 - Aug 28, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    just another one of those things that will happen once in a million tries. amazing.

  4. deafrecon - Aug 28, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    this was no accident. you’d be surprised what a great head of hair can do for you.

  5. illadelphiasphinest - Aug 28, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    I can explain it…….. Head and Sholders give you clean shiny flake free hair, and also give you excellent hand eye coordination.

  6. El Bravo - Aug 28, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Sick nasty

  7. stex52 - Aug 28, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    See…… is really an easy game.

  8. bennyandthemets - Aug 28, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    Well Played Mauer

  9. illogic87 - Aug 28, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    I just watched this like 100 times…

  10. sdelmonte - Aug 28, 2012 at 3:16 PM


  11. card0109 - Aug 28, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    It also looks like he flips it from his glove to his bare hand behind his back after making the grab. Not for sure on that, but I keep watching and just can’t tell.

    • card0109 - Aug 28, 2012 at 3:27 PM

      Curse you, double post….

    • Jeremy T - Aug 28, 2012 at 6:01 PM

      I do see a little twitch with his glove hand, but I think the ball doesn’t actually get to his throwing hand until right after that, where he takes it out the traditional way.

  12. card0109 - Aug 28, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    It also looks like he flips it from his glove to his bare hand behind his back after making the grab. Not sure if he’s that slick, but way cool regardless.

  13. sportsdrenched - Aug 28, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    That is so cool the batter should be called out on principle.

  14. hittfamily - Aug 28, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    I have to admit it took me 3 times to actually see what he did. Now that I see it, I definately want to wash my hair and play MLB The Show.

  15. randygnyc - Aug 28, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    Card- for some reason the Gif only plays in super slow mo for me, so I can confirm that joe does NOT handle the ball behind his back.

    • beefytrout - Aug 28, 2012 at 4:25 PM

      might want to watch it again… he absolutely flips it behind the back.

  16. phillyphann83 - Aug 28, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    awesome…and I love all the hair jokes, they were inevitable

  17. Lukehart80 - Aug 28, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    I wonder if Joe Mauer realizes that Head and Shoulders is the first thing many people think of when they hear his name.

  18. randygnyc - Aug 28, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Beefy- he certainly does not. Like I said, this gif plays super slow mo, frame by frame for me. It’s a 60 second gif for me. He catches the ball, the glove swipes toward his hip and then back in front. He makes the exchange as the batter transfers weight to his right leg. Seen in super slow mo it’s rather quite clear.

  19. randygnyc - Aug 28, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    And he’s not catching the ball “blind” either. He turns his head around completely, the opposite way (over his right shoulder) and watches the ball rebound off the wall, too, btw.

  20. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 28, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    smoov like puddin.

  21. denny65 - Aug 29, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    The way Justin Smoak has been (non) hitting lately he’ll count that one as a close play at the plate.

  22. jon623 - Aug 30, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    Huhhhh? Man, this dude’s raw athleticism is just downright awesome. Who does that while simultaneously looking like he’s putting out as much effort as it takes for him to blink? Crazy good.

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