Baseball is a strange sport sometimes, ask someone who normally doesn’t watch the sport and they will probably say because the game can be slow and somewhat boring at times.
Every now and again, there will be a play that happens to challenge this notion. Last night, Freddy Galvis popped up and 99 times out of a 100, this leads to an out. Not last night though. Galvis hit one of those balls you would call a major league pop-up. The ball sails up and for all you know it could be something like something in the Wizard of Oz, anything can happen to the ball. The wind gets a hold of the ball, player converge towards it and usually it ends up getting caught.
Right after the ball was hit, Galvis stood at the plate, he was probably doubting that it was going to be fair, but that shouldn’t matter too much if it’s close, and he threw the bat after the initial hesitation and began a trot towards first. The camera panned and showed Cameron Rupp charging around second base towards third.
Baseball is always watching, there are fans always watching and what many of them saw was Freddy Galvis who stood at home for what seemed like an eternity, then jogged off to first.
Had the ball been caught, not too much probably would have been said. Galvis usually doesn’t do these things. Was this ball in fact even touched in fair territory?
For me, Galvis gets a pass on this one, but the watchers are now alerted, and they are always there, especially now in this instant media world.