Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco takes a bit of a tumble on the basepaths (video)
San Francisco Giants utility outfielder Gregor Blanco didn’t play one game in the big leagues during the 2011 season after appearing in only 49 games as a member of the Kansas City Royals in 2010. But with his pro career resurrected with the San Francisco Giants, he’s making darn sure he’s going to be noticed.
In the bottom of the 6th inning during the Giants’ tilt with the Miami Marlins on Thursday and the squad down 2-0, Blanco, on first with Conor Gillaspie at the plate, was attempting to go from first to third on Gillaspie’s bloop hit to center field. Unfortunately, something in AT&T Park’s infield dirt jumped up and grabbed him, causing him to tumble, splayed, arms akimbo and embarrassingly smack down right into the dirt on the base path. Quite amusing, and somewhat reminiscent of Ben Revere’s somersault when trying to stretch a double into a triple from last season, although severely lacking in style point when compared to the Twins outfielder’s hilarious baserunning escapades.
Blanco quickly regained his composure and scooted into third base, no worse for wear, save for the shot to his ego, although it should be pointed out that Blanco reached base all four times he stepped to the plate, going 3-3 with a walk in San Fran’s 3-2 loss, a game which capped the Marlins’ three-game sweep of the Giants. But hey, it wasn’t Blanco’s fault.