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Video: Camera guy falls following J.B. Shuck after he hit a lead-off homer

Apr 19, 2014, 7:35 PM EDT

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An unexpected guest made a faux pas as Saturday afternoon’s Angels-Tigers game just got underway. Left fielder J.B. Shuck took a 2-2 Max Scherzer fastball deep to right field for a lead-off solo home run. The blast was his second of the year, one of the few things he’s done on the positive end of things with the bat.

Shuck rounded the bases, as one is wont to do after hitting a home run. One of the camera guys was following Shuck as he rounded the third base bag and took a spill in front of a crowd of nearly 37,000 and countless others watching on TV and online.

Thankfully for that guy, his moment will be immortalized forever:

(MLB.com isn’t allowing it to be embedded for some reason, but I’ve included it just in case it changes. Here’s the direct link to watch it on MLB.com.)

  1. dondada10 - Apr 19, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    I read the article and then watched the video. It’s far more spectacular than I could’ve hoped. Not only does the cameraman fall, he propels in front of the camera he dropped.

    • NYTolstoy - Apr 19, 2014 at 7:59 PM

      the awesomeness level did grow the moment he flew in front of his own camera. Did you see him jump back up? Like if he was on fire lol

  2. aresachaela - Apr 19, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Haha!! Same to the other guy back in 2010 playoffs XD!!

  3. josemartez - Apr 19, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Am I the only one who finds camera men that trot beside home run hitters as they round third at grass level really dumb? I can see for significant hits or whatever, but a random guy on April 19?

    • clydeserra - Apr 19, 2014 at 9:32 PM

      no. it needs to stop. it doesn’t entain us more at home, and it looks really annoying live.

      • NYTolstoy - Apr 19, 2014 at 10:55 PM

        Yea it looks so odd just to see a guy bending down running with a camera tapping the home run trot.

    • anxovies - Apr 20, 2014 at 7:36 AM

      Yes. It’s disrespectful to the players, the fans in attendance, and to the game, to have some clown running around the field with a camera while the game is in progress. It reminds me of the scene in Full Metal Jacket where the troops were pinned down and there was a TV crew filming it and yelling “don’t look at the camera!” Or was it Apocalypse Now? In any event, it’s silly and crass to have some civilian in bermuda shorts running around the field. What next? Interviews with players when they get on base? “And how did it feel to get your first hit in three games, Miggy?” “Go away, Buck, I’m trying to steal the signs from the catcher.”

  4. historiophiliac - Apr 19, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    I was watching the game and was like: what? *Sigh* Fox coverage.

  5. fusionix7 - Apr 19, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    The camera man falling was a great distraction from that awful home run call.

    • Reflex - Apr 19, 2014 at 11:19 PM

      I noticed that. That has to be the least excited home run call I’ve ever heard. Zero excitement, not even a lead up to it or even any hint that its going to go over the wall. Totally lame.

  6. jjschiller - Apr 20, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    The guy doing play-by-play… is he a broadcast professional? He sounds like a science teacher who’s never seen a baseball game.

    “Shuck with a ball that he, hits, out on the, right side… and, that ball’s, hit well out there! And it’s going to, get over the wall, down the right field corner! It’s a lead-off home run, for Shuck.”

    • jjschiller - Apr 20, 2014 at 12:05 AM

      “Boy who would have ever thought that!”

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