Mark Teixeira of the New York Yankees is safe at homeplate in the third inning against Bobby Wilson of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on April 23, 2010 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
This photo, while excellent, doesn’t capture the speed of this homeplate collision.
In my lifetime, there have been some notable violent crashes at the plate.
There was Pete Rose and Ray Fosse in the 1970 All-Star Game. There was Lou Piniella and Carlton Fisk in 1976. There was Phil Bradley and Buck Martinez in 1985. And, there was Bo Jackson and Rick Dempsey in 1987. In that last one, Dempsey broke his thumb on the play and afterwards said “When he hit me, they had to send a proctologist in to fix that thumb. They had to send one in just to find it.”
These are just a few that immediately come to mind. And, this one between Mark Teixeira and Bobby Wilson is right up there – again, when you see it in real speed, etc. Here’s another photo of it:
Reuters Pictures – New York Yankees’ Mark Teixeira collides into Los Angeles Angels catcher Bobby Wilson to score on a basehit by Robinson Cano in the third inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim, California April 23, 2010.
Again, that was one heckuva hit.