Enjoy Russell Martin's amazing turtle-on-his-back-style catch in exciting frame-by-frame action
Mankind has always been pushing forward for the most advanced and realistic way to convey motion to a viewing audience. It's how we've wound up with HD video, flatscreen televisions and 3D movies. It's usually a godsend.
Sometimes, though, like in the case of Russell Martin's grab over the Astros dugout during the Blue Jays' 9-2 victory against Houston on Sunday, you want to use an older technology -- like photographs.
I mean, sure, the moving picture is plenty nice -- capturing Martin as he races to the dugout before being momentarily trapped on his back like a turtle on the dugout fence -- but you lose a little something along the way.
Fortunately, we're here to help.
Racing toward the dugout to make the play on Alex Bregman's popup, Martin had to reach deep into the Astros dugout. Gaze upon in wonder at Martin, stretching valiantly for the ball. While the Astros strain their necks to watch, most are probably thinking, "no way he pulls that ball in." These are all faces of detached bemusement:
Throwing caution to the wind and ignoring the fact that planking is, like, five years ago, Martin stretched beyond his capabilities and still managed to grab it:
"What is this?" Evan Gattis surely wondered. "A new chiropractic technique for stretching the back?"
There is also something inherently hilarious about one of Martin's legs left stretched in the air, his lone counterbalance.
But now, Martin was stuck, though his catcher's gear gave him a slight protective shell. Would he tumble into the dugout? Would Gattis be able to grab him?
Turns out, Martin's core is roughly 800 times stronger than a normal man's and through sheer force of will pushed himself to his side and back to a standing position.
Now, isn't that better than some normal, or even slow-motion version of events?
OK, both are good.