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Play of the Day: Kelly Shoppach shows them worms he means business

Apr 17, 2013, 9:50 AM EDT

Kelly Shoppach AP

Words sort of fail here. Let’s just say that, at the end of the year, Andy Dirks will have a stolen base in his stat line for which he probably owes Kelly Shoppach an assist.

Go here to see why.

Nice throw, Kelly.

  1. gigab0t - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    wow…and here i thought nothing would ever beat this:

    • zzalapski - Apr 17, 2013 at 10:23 AM

      At least Delmon’s throw had a forward trajectory, although you could’ve timed it with a sundial.

  2. skeleteeth - Apr 17, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Looks like interference and Shoppach thought so too. Bat maybe hits him on back-swing.

    I would like to see a gif of him trying to slide into second a couple years back when with Sox after stolen base attempt or something. That was one of the best slides ever. No idea which game but someone, somewhere knows exactly what I’m talking about.

    • josemartez - Apr 17, 2013 at 10:57 AM

      Crappy copy (video of a video), but I think this is the one:

    • Detroit Michael - Apr 17, 2013 at 12:34 PM

      That’s right. It was some combination of batter interference and possibly Shoppach exagerating the problem to try (unsuccessfully) to get the interference call. Shoppach was arguing with the umpire immediately after this play.

  3. number42is1 - Apr 17, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    anyone else having issues getting the gif to load?

    • cur68 - Apr 17, 2013 at 10:54 AM

      That is the worlds SLOWEST server, right there. Whew.

  4. dowhatifeellike - Apr 17, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    He’s no Matt Wieters, that’s for sure.

  5. larrytsg - Apr 17, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    I umpire youth baseball, and even the 10 year olds manage to get the ball in the neighborhood of second base on a regular basis.

    Is Kelly the new Mackey Sasser?

  6. rje49 - Apr 17, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Looks to me that he was trying to hold onto the ball, and not throw it, when it slipped out of his hand.

  7. onermedboxer - Apr 18, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    The ump’s arm clearly interfered with Shoppach’s throw. If you can’t see this, you might need thicker glasses

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