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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 Hyun-Jin Ryu and Adrian Gonzalez pulled it off in the third inning of the Dodgers' 4-3 loss to the Rockies on Tuesday:

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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: 

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A play that Gonzalez couldn't help smiling about after retiring Charlie Blackmon:

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This sort of play happens every now and then, like when Danny Duffy did it last season:

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And, famously, that now-classic moment when Mark Buehrle reached into his back of tricks for this unrivaled flip

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Whenever it does happen, it's magic.