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The Padres attempted the hidden-ball trick against the Giants

Jul 13, 2013, 12:25 AM EDT

Pablo Sandoval hit an RBI double with two outs in the top of the fifth inning. Before Hunter Pence could see a pitch from Padres starter Sean O’Sullivan, shortstop Everth Cabrera tried the hidden ball trick to catch Sandoval napping at second. Umpire Laz Diaz had granted Sandoval a time out, however, invalidating the play. Pence would eventually strike out to end the frame.

Watch the attempted hidden ball trick:

I’m no expert lip reader, but I think umpire Laz Diaz said, “had time, though”, motioning to home plate umpire Mike Winters.

Even though it didn’t work, the attempted hidden ball trick is still worthy of applause. Would that it were used more often.

  1. dirtydrew - Jul 13, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Thank goodness the Giants stopped playing the hidden run trick. The trick being winning.

  2. ndnut - Jul 13, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    That play will always remind me of the movie “Rookie of the Year.” I singlehandedly wore out my local library’s VHS copy from watching it so many times.

    • georgemuresanwasmygiant - Jul 13, 2013 at 7:17 AM

      Maybe Sandoval should have dared him to throw it up in the air real high on the next play.

    • dondada10 - Jul 13, 2013 at 8:22 AM

      I grew up wishing my shoulder would separate.

    • madhatternalice - Jul 13, 2013 at 8:26 AM

      Float it!

  3. hcf95688 - Jul 13, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    Another reason to hate Laz Diaz.

  4. brewcrewfan54 - Jul 13, 2013 at 3:01 AM

    Ron Fraser and his U of Miami team still did that play the best ever.

  5. wingslax35 - Jul 13, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    What the hell does that last sentence mean????

    • blackandbluedivision - Jul 13, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      I assume that should be “Wish that it were used more often.”

      • abaird2012 - Jul 13, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        Did any of you guys ever read a book?

      • paperlions - Jul 13, 2013 at 12:39 PM


      • umrguy42 - Jul 13, 2013 at 1:55 PM

        Sorry to say, you assume wrong, although that IS what it means in essence.

      • blackandbluedivision - Jul 13, 2013 at 2:32 PM

        Good bless the Chicago Public School system. I stand corrected. I have never heard the term…and yes I do read books.

  6. redux23 - Jul 13, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    JT Snow did this successfully a while back

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