Is it Neo? Or Max Payne? Is it Quicksilver? Nope! It’s Rougned Odor who momentarily enters bullet time against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday.
The Baltimore Orioles second baseman hit a blooper for what appeared to be a single hit. Blue Jays center fielder George Springer was slow to reach the ball, leading Odor to believe he could convert the play into a brace.
What happened next was something straight out of The Matrix.
“This may be one of the best slides to avoid a tag I’ve ever seen” – Ben Palmer
The slide was a thing of real-time beauty itself, but the slow motion made it even more spectacular. It wasn’t just the slide but also the way Rougned Odor adjusted his body.
His reading of the game was exceptional as he knew exactly where Toronto shortstop Bo Bichette’s tag was heading. It’s one of those things that you can watch over and over again.
The Orioles won 9-6, which kept their play-off dreams very much alive. The game, however, was fraught with pitfalls.
Rougned Odor and the Orioles thrive on chaos, but the Blue Jays have the last laugh
The benches cleared in the middle of the seventh after Orioles reliever Bryan Baker waved his hand towards the Blue Jays dugout after taking out Matt Chapman.
As the scrum unfolded, Baker was pulled off the field by Orioles wide receiver Adley Rutschman. It didn’t stop there, as the Blue Jays’ Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Teoscar Hernandez were set for a real showdown.
Both had to be held off by Jorge Mateo of the Orioles. Rougned Odor was also there. He was trying to play peacemaker and help restore some order.
Baker spent three years with the Blue Jays before being waived by the Orioles last year. Speaking after the match, he said:
“It was nothing towards their team or anything. It was just to let him know that I know he’s talking. There’s really no problem with the team or anything like that. I don’t think there’s any bad blood or anything like that. I was just letting him know that really.
After all the chaos, it was the Blue Jays who had the last laugh after beating the Orioles 4-1 earlier in the day to claim and close the series. The result now puts Baltimore 4.5 games behind, a severe dent in their post-season dreams.
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