Mallex Smith's homer wasn't a homer, so he did some push-ups to improve his chances next time
Mallex Smith almost had his first home run of the season -- but some things happened.
In the bottom of the third inning during Saturday's Mariners-Rays game, Smith smacked a hard line drive to right field. It bounced off the top of the wall and back into Mitch Haniger's glove, so the broadcast team said it was ruled a home run by one of the umpires. It appeared everyone on the field assumed the same thing:
"Finally," he told MLB.com's Scott Butherus after seeing the home run signaled.
Unfortunately, after review, the umpires made the call and Smith had to settle for an RBI triple. Still, somehow he reacted with a smile. Well, some form of a smile:
He then realized that in order to make sure the ball is hit far enough so there's no question it's a home run, you have to get some push-ups in:
"I just barely got it over so I thought if I did a few more pushups it would have skimmed the top instead of bouncing back in," Smith said.
Next time, Mallex?