It’s been a few great days for swim moves on the base paths in baseball.
On Saturday, the Rays’ Randy Arozarena avoided the tag in a rundown with a pretty fantastic move to slide safely into second base. But I think the Red Sox’s Rafael Devers just one upped him on Monday.
During the sixth inning of Boston’s game against the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park, Devers tried to advance to third off a double from Xander Bogaerts. And while the throw into Twins third baseman Gio Urshela was a bit up the line, Devers couldn’t stop his momentum and slid off third base entirely.
He was seemingly toast. But in a brilliant combination of chaos and skill (and magic, probably), Devers was able to elude Urshela’s glove and reach into third safely. We probably won’t see a better move than this all season:
And another look:
Just unreal. What a slide. It shouldn’t have been possible for Urshela to miss the tag so many times, but you have to give Devers credit there.
MLB fans were understandably in awe because that was too much fun.
This was how Twitter reacted
Those efforts ended up going to waste as Devers was caught in a rundown the next play. Still, what a slide!