Cory Spangenberg hits ball into foul territory, wills it to roll fair with his mind
In the bottom of the first inning of the Padres-Giants matchup Friday night, Cory Spangenberg thwacked a pitch from Tim Lincecum into foul territory a few feet from the batter's box. There have been thousands upon thousands of fouled-off pitches just like it.
Only this time, the ball rolled fair -- a result of what we can only assume was the sheer force of Spangenberg's will.
The ball's re-route seemed to rattle Giants' third baseman Casey McGehee -- along with everyone who's seen a foul ball before -- and Spangenberg reached first base for the Padres' first hit. It was Spangenberg's only hit of the game, probably because it exhausts a lot of mental energy to telekinetically direct a ball into fair territory.
Or, perhaps, putting that kind of spin on a baseball takes, as the broadcasters put it, "a one-in-a-hundred infield hit."