High school ballplayer explains dab after fouling ball into crotch (vid)
Dan O’Reilly, a junior baseball player at Henry Sibley High in Mendota Heights, Minn., is learning firsthand how a painfully embarrassing but ultimately hilarious experience can almost instantly transform a person into an Internet sensation.
O’Reilly was playing in a section championship game Monday when he fouled a 1-2 pitch directly into the most sensitive of sensitive areas.
The unfortunate carom left O’Reilly in a great deal of pain, as evidenced by his reaction, something that included throwing off his helmet, grabbing the affected area and ultimately dropping to the ground.
IM CRYING AT HIS REACTION pic.twitter.com/33glnrKiBQ
— Kent (@RealKentMurphy) June 8, 2016
“I watched the slow-motion and I hit off the bottom of the bat,” O’Reilly told the Star Tribune. “I have never done that before and I don’t think I ever will.”
But what happened next is what turned the teenager into a viral sensation. After composing himself after the painful experience, O’Reilly decided to loosen up and bust out a quick little dab, popularized by it being Cam Newton’s celebration of choice (that is until next season).
@DanOReilly17 part 2 pic.twitter.com/1aRntuZVYw
— Andrew J. Zuckerman (@TheAJZRocks) June 8, 2016
“I wasn’t really thinking about it. I figured better show that I’m all right and I wanted to get a reaction,” O’Reilly said of his improvised dance move. “I just did that really quick. I’ve been known to do that. I guess that’s my go-to.”
The ballplayer admitted he had a suspicion the videos would go viral.
“When the video came out, I was thinking it would be spread around,” O’Reilly said.
And so it has. So it has.
It’s also good news to learn that Reilly was no worse for wear as a result of the incident. He even explained his quick recovery in another interview with a Twin Cities media outlet.
“I got home, grabbed a bag of frozen peas and was good to go the next morning,” he said, via the Pioneer Press.
A happy ending, to be sure. In some respects.