There’s an old saying in baseball, “He knocked the cover off the ball.” In almost all cases this is purely metephorical to describe a hitter making incredible hard contact with ball, which usually results in a homerun. This situation can be seen played out in the classic baseball movies The Sandlot or The Natural.
On Friday night, Milwaukee Brewers back-up catcher Martin Maldonado did it for real. He did it on a grounder to third base. Amazingly, had the ball stayed intact he most likely would have been thrown out at first. However, since the ball had a new tail flapping in the wind it was impossible for the Pirates third baseman to throw it effectively to get the out; the ball bouncing about three time before reaching its intended target. Maldonado was safe, and a run was scored on the play earning him an RBI. As the announcers said, you will probably never see something like this again.