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Video: Jose Fernandez fakes Tyler Pastornicky out like crazy

Apr 30, 2014, 8:23 AM EDT

From the Marlins-Braves game. Dogs chasing tennis balls watched this play and went “Damn, Tyler. Quit being so gullible.”

How anyone can’t think this dude is the most on toast is beyond me.


  1. mdpickles - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    That was awesome. Too bad Brian McCann is not around to tell him to stop being so darn flashy.

  2. baberuthslegs - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    Fernandez: the best thing since the Twinkie.

    • Old Gator - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:11 PM

      Speaking of which, I fried up a few of the little anti-diabetic smart bombs last weekend after dipping them in a cocoa impregnated egg batter (I used coconut oil to stun my conscience) and served them with chocolate fudge swirl in a coffee ice cream base from the ice cream concessionaire at the world famous Casola’s Pizzeria just orf US1 at SW 17th Avenue right here in dystopian Macondo. Dear Buddha. You never knew it was possible to have a sensation like that so far up your body.

  3. renaado - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Truly deceptive, yet amazing.

    • Old Gator - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:13 PM

      No, ren, I think you’d have to call it instinctively deceptive. Don’t ever play poker with El Keed unless you want to go home wearing a rain barrel.

  4. miguelcairo - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Awesome stuff.

  5. ptfu - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    That play reminds me of Longoria’s 2012 tapper to Machado. Great awareness and execution.

  6. jm91rs - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    This kind of stuff works in little league all the time, but I’ve never seen it in real baseball.

    • coloradothistle - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:50 AM

      Little League is real baseball. Just younger.

      • renaado - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:10 AM

        Definitely. So as the Koshien tournament (Japan: High school Baseball) KBO, NPB and definitely the WBC.

    • Cran Boy - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      Best parts: He deked the camera guy as well as Pastornicky. And then he just walks off the field, head down.

      jm91rs – see the link here for the play ptfu’s talking about. Same deal:

  7. watermelon1 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    I mean, was it really that smart?

    It was 2 outs. AND he missed the tag and had to throw home for what become a pretty close call.
    I think throwing to first was the higher percentage play.

    • notsofast10 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:52 AM

      Left Handed batter running pretty good, looks like he may have beat it out at first. At best a very close out at first but not a sure thing at all from my perspective. Watch it again.

    • roundballsquarebox24 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:56 AM

      Dude, watch the video! By the time Jose picked up the ball and did the pump fake to first, Ramiro Peña was already crossing the bag! There is absolutely no way that he gets his man at first. Peña is a lefty with some wheels. This play was brilliant.

      • baberuthslegs - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:58 AM

        I think Fernandez knew he didn’t have a play at first and went home. Real poise and smarts.

      • Old Gator - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:19 PM

        El Keed is a terrific athlete all around; he had an RBI single last night on top of everything else. He fields the mound like he has a deed to the property. It’s his. And of course, for those of you who were still pupating last season, here’s what is still and must always be his all-time classic fielding play; it might be a shame only in that he set the bar as high as you can set it as a rookie and it’s now difficult to imagine how he would ever be able to top thees:

    • clydeserra - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:04 AM

      he missed the tag because the baserunner went out of the baseline. I am pretty sure that is an out on review.

      (incidentally, it looks like the catcher drops the ball when trying to roll it back to the mound.)

      • clydeserra - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:06 AM

        its the mask

  8. fat4jc - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Did you watch the video? There’s no way he throws to 1st and gets him out.

  9. dluxxx - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    That was a thing of beauty. This kid is fun to watch.

    • Old Gator - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:21 PM

      It was high speed beauty, though. His reflexes would shame a replicant. Blink and you miss it. If you played it back at normal speed the announcers would sound like the Chipmunks.

  10. granadafan - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    Pastornicky is going to get a lot of grief in the clubhouse from his teammates.

  11. jediofapathy - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    The runner broke for home as soon as the ball was fielded. He wasn’t faked out by anything. He just made a bad decision.

    • roundballsquarebox24 - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:51 PM

      While it may look that way, watch it again. Slowly. If you pause right when Fernandez is about to pick up the ball, you see that Pastornicky is in position to go, but he doesn’t break for the plate in full stride until Fernandez picks up the ball with his back to him, and begins to “wind up” towards first base.

  12. thehawg - Apr 30, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    With 2 outs your taught to run on contact.

    • Old Gator - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:19 PM

      By your high school coach. In the show, you have to assess the situation regardless – in this case, by running without thinking, Pastornicky ran the team out of the inning instead of having runners on first and third with two out.

  13. shadowcell - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    I feel like there should’ve been an explosion behind him as he walked back to the dugout.

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