Hyun-Jin Ryu and Adrian Gonzalez's chin retired Charlie Blackmon on an inspired glove-flip play
Moments of desperation can sometimes lead to the miraculous. Choppers down the first-base line present those types of situations for pitchers and infielders, which leads to fun.
Imagine dealing with the questions like "Am I fast enough?" "Do I have enough time to grab the ball and throw?" and "Will any of this work out, or will it be a disaster?" in what, four seconds? Six, maybe? It's hard -- and so is turning this image below into an out at first base, but
Seriously, Ryu was angled away from first and his head was not looking toward Gonzalez when his desperation heave worked to amazing success, aided by Gonzalez's chin:
A play that Gonzalez couldn't help smiling about after retiring
This sort of play happens every now and then, like when
And, famously, that now-classic moment when Mark Buehrle reached into his back of tricks for this unrivaled flip
Whenever it does happen, it's magic.