How A Major League Baseball Player Faked Out The Entire Stadium

This is what they call the old “dog and ball” trick.

1. Let’s set the scene: the Orioles and the Rays are tied 2-2 in the top of the 9th. There are two outs, and the Rays’ Rich Thompson is on second.

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2. At the plate, Evan Longoria hits a dribbling groundball to the left side of the infield.

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3. Orioles third-baseman Manny Machado fields the ball and, instead of attempting the difficult throw to first — which, if he screwed up, could lead to a Rays score — pump-fakes, then tosses it to the shortstop.

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4. Watch it again. The play is equal parts savvy thinking and tremendous athleticism.

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5. The fake gets Rich Thompson off the bag, and he’s eventually chased down by Matt Wieters. Then the O’s win the game. BOOM: tied again with the Yanks for first place.

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