Nori Aoki goes 4-for-4 with two ridiculous check swing infield singles
Unsure if you're a professional athlete? Did you wake up this morning with no recollection of your life and are wondering if you're late to your baseball player job?
Have no worries, we're here to help with this handy checklist. If you answer 'No' to any of these questions, then I'm afraid you're not a professional athlete.
- Are you currently lifting weights and/or running wind sprints?
- Flex your bicep. Is it enormous and terrifying? Does it seem to have a mind of its own?
- Check your bank balance. Does a steak topped with lobster seem like a frugal option?
- Can you do this?
That's right, Royals outfielder Nori Aoki had two very awkward half-swings that turned into two base hits. Because being a professional athlete doesn't just mean succeeding when everything goes right, it also includes being able to make something out of nothing. Like the dinner scene in Hook.
Of course, Aoki is particularly skilled at getting base hits on balls that don't leave the infield. Since making his Major League debut in 2012, Aoki has collected 100 infield singles -- 17 more than Ichiro Suzuki and 24 more than Mike Trout.
But that's not all the right fielder did on Monday night: Beyond the two infield chops, Aoki also singled in the sixth and doubled in the ninth. His manager, Ned Yost, probably recognizing that he was all tuckered out from his 4-for-4 game, subbed in a pinch runner for him before it ended on ... an infield single.