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Watch a third baseman try to catch a baseball with his face
Who says this game is boring?
Memorial Day weekend, though principally an occasion to remember the sacrifices of the country’s veterans, is chock full of Americana: beach trips, BBQs, and, of course, baseball. Fittingly, a college game on Saturday demonstrated just why the sport is our national pastime.
Louisiana State University third baseman Christian Ibarra was chasing a pop foul hit by University of Arkansas catcher Alex Gosser when he became disoriented by the sun. As a result, the ball hit him square in the forehead (before being caught by shortstop Alex Bregman).
LSU went on to trounce Arkansas 11-1, but the absurd play did leave its mark.
— Ross Dellenger (@DellengerAdv) May 24, 2014
Oh, well—winning the entire SEC Tournament on Sunday likely took some of the sting away.
Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions, and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'