Something quite strange happened during the Twins 7-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals at Target Field on Saturday afternoon that in the opinion of all who have witnessed it, simply defied physics.
During a fifth inning at-bat with runners at first and second and only one out, Minnesota Twins shortstop Brian Dozier was busted inside quite severely by a Jonathan Sanchez fastball, but somehow managed to fight it off with a very awkward swing.
Now here's where it gets weird. After Dozier made contact with the ball (it's difficult to tell where exactly it hit on the bat), it went backwards and into the left-handed batter's box. However, when the ball landed an estimated five feet behind the chalk line, it had so much side spin on it that it actually turned towards the Twins first base dugout, and then slowly circled back around into fair territory about 40 feet up the line.
Watch Brian Dozier literally hit a curveball:
You can take an additional look taken exclusively from the camera behind home plate by clicking here.
As Twins color analyst and baseball Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven said of the play, this is why you come to the ballpark. You never know what you're going to see.
Well, as you did see in the clip, thanks to his own awareness, hustle and perhaps a little desperation (and the awareness and hustle of Ryan Doumit, who scored all the way from second base after catcher Brayan Pena vacated home plate), Dozier ended up with one of the craziest run-scoring infield singles you'll ever see.
''It was spinning really, really hard, so I was just like, 'Well, why not, I'm dying for a hit, let's just take off and see what happens,''' Dozier said with a laugh. ''(Justin Morneau) of course was the first one, he said, 'Hey why don't you just try that every time, you might get a hit out of it.''
As for the opposing view of the play? Well, let's just say it was a very typical Royals response.
''It was clearly a foul ball,'' Pena said. ''Then I saw it spinning back and I saw that it was a fair ball. It's one of those games where things don't go your way.''
If fans in Kansas City had $1 for every time they've heard that quote after a loss, they might be to afford the entire Royals payroll.