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Blatant Homerism

Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia gets hit in face by ball after popup whiff (video)

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Being a resident of the fine State of Minnesota, I have had front row seats to the sad demise of the Minnesota Twins as a functional, competitive major league team. Perhaps front row seats isn’t the appropriate terminology, as I’d have to be loony to pay the exorbitant prices to watch such a sub-par product in person at the still-gorgeous Target Field, let alone the high costs of securing front row seats (although many are available).

But the free-fall by the Twins from competency to irrelevancy over the past three seasons hasn’t been without its humorous moments, such as the gaffe rookie outfielder Oswaldo Arcia committed on Tuesday while trying to field a commonplace and catchable popup in foul territory down the left field line during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.

It’s difficult to determine if it was a case of Arcia taking his eye off the ball or something else, but the end result was the ball smacking Arcia square in the face.

Via MLB.com:

Ouch. That’s gotta hurt, not to mention be quite embarrassing. It is especially amusing to see how it amused the older fan in the Rays ballcap. He really seemed to enjoy having a close-up look at an epic fail.

Not that it had much of a consequence on the outcome — the Twins lost to the Rays by a score of 4-1, the team’s third loss in a row, ninth of the last ten and fiftieth on the season — but at least any Twins fans that tuned in could bask in the schadenfreude of Arcia’s terrible misplay. That counts for something. I guess.

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