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Omar Infante’s behind the back flip to Alcides Escobar
The 2015 Omar Infante Highlight Reel would likely consist of almost being the worst player ever selected to start an All-Star Game and his completely unexpected seven RBI game on September 17th. That is not exactly much, but it does accurately portray how Infante’s season had been. However, even with his miserable year, Infante was still a part of what may have been the Play of the Year in all of baseball, not just on the Kansas City Royals.
This play was certainly beautiful to behold. Facing Greg Holland, Roberto Perez hit a ground ball up the middle that appeared to be destined to be a base hit. Instead, Infante got to the ball, and made an incredible behind the back flip with his glove to Alcides Escobar. Escobar caught the flip barehanded, and in one motion, fired a strike to Eric Hosmer to gun down Perez by two steps.
On a team that seemingly owned the Baseball Tonight Web Gem segment, this play stood out above the others. For the Royals, whose defensive capabilities make the extraordinary play an everyday occurrence, this play was even beyond their standard of excellence. It was a play that could be made only by two players whose chemistry on defense had become a thing of beauty to behold.
The Kansas City Royals have a knack of making spectacular plays, covering more ground that seemingly any other team in baseball. However, it was this play, started by Omar Infante and finished by Alcides Escobar, that deserved the Play of the Year.