Rays Pull Off Hidden Ball Trick in Plain Sight, Fooling Everybody Except the Umpire (Video)
People have been calling what the Tampa Bay Rays did to get the Dodgers’ Juan Uribe out at third base on Saturday afternoon the “hidden ball trick.” However, in reality, there was nothing “hidden” about it. They’re just calling it that because “nobody paying attention to the ball trick” doesn’t have the same ring to it.
Let me set it up for you. With the bases juiced and nobody out in the bottom of the fourth, Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis hit a high pop fly to medium center field. The Rays’ Wil Myers camped out underneath it, made the catch, and threw toward home in a vain attempt to prevent the runner at third from scoring—an attempt that allowed the runners on first and second to tag up and advance on the play as well.
But here’s the tricky part. Rays first baseman James Loney cut off the throw from Myers at the pitchers mound. Then he tossed it to shortstop Yunel Escobar, who quickly (but not that quickly) tossed it to third baseman Evan Longoria.
Only a few people on the diamond noticed any of this. One of them was third base umpire Angel Hernandez. None of them were Dodgers. Thus, when Uribe took his foot off the bag for just a split second, he was a goner.
At that point, everyone was confused, especially FOX’s Thom Brennaman and Eric Karros. Take a look:
You don’t see that very often, do you? Hats off to the Rays for a heads-up play.