Main League Baseball participant Tyler O’Neill hit a foul ball off at simply the best angle to ship it flying into the lens of the backstop digicam. The harm brought about a slight delay in play because the grounds crew handled the bits of shattered glass.
As reported by DPReview, O’Neill — an outfielder for the Saint Louis Cardinals — ripped the foul ball off an 0-1 pitch delivered by Miami Marlin’s pitcher Sandy Alcantara through the two groups’ April 6 assembly. The pitch got here in at O’Neill at 90 miles-per-hour and was categorised as a “changeup,” or pitch that seems to the batter to be a fastball however strikes a lot slower than a pitcher’s most velocity.
As a result of the ball arrived a lot later than O’Neill anticipated, he solely tipped the ball as he swung the bat out in entrance and fouled it immediately behind house plate. By happenstance, it made direct contact with a broadcast digicam.
Within the video under, you possibly can even hear the loud “crack” because the ball shatters the entrance of the lens.
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— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) April 6, 2021
As DPReview notes, the lens it destroyed seems to be a Fujinon WCV-L85 0.8x Wide Angle Converter Lens hooked up to the entrance of a Fujinon UA18x7.6BERD broadcast zoom lens. The converter retails for $1,800 whereas the lens is available in at a a lot increased $22,495. Fortunately, it seems that solely the wide-angle converter was destroyed by the ball, making the ache of getting to exchange the half a bit simpler to abdomen.
Under are a few frames that present a earlier than and after take a look at the harm:
Due to COVID-19 protocols, the printed workforce’s technical crew wasn’t allowed on the sector, which means that two batboys needed to unexpectedly sweep the shards of glass of the observe and the again wall earlier than play may resume. O’Neill would strike out on the following pitch, however the Cardinals would go on to win the sport 4-2.
“I’ve by no means seen it,” mentioned Cardinals supervisor Mike Shildt to MLB.com, “but it surely’s one factor that’s nice about our sport. You may go to a ballpark, and you’ve got a very good likelihood to see one thing that you simply’ve by no means seen, no matter what number of occasions you’ve walked within the stadium. One of many stunning issues about our sport.”
Sports activities and cameras have a little bit of a dicey historical past, and this isn’t even the primary time a baseball participant has discovered a option to destroy broadcasting gear. In 2010 throughout a Yankees and Rangers sport, a participant broke his bat and the items flew directly into a $90,000 Canon broadcast lens which resulted in a $20,000 restore invoice. In 2013, Danish skilled golfer Thomas Bjorn sent a ball directly into the front of an ESPN broadcast lens, destroying it.