During today's Indians-Reds game, newly acquired Indians reliever Esmil Rogers was facing Reds third baseman Todd Frazier in the fifth inning. Frazier popped the ball foul towards the first base line, and Indians first baseman Carlos Santana (who is typically behind the dish as a catcher for Cleveland) barreled towards the stands to catch the pop up. Santana dove into the seats, and completely leveled a large Reds fan in the front row with a Superman-like dive. Santana and the fan were both down for a few seconds before getting up, seemingly unscathed.
The Indians management had to be holding their breath when seeing Santana make this dive. He missed time in 2010 with a torn ACL after a collision at home plate, and the team recently gave him a five year contract extension. An injury to him would have been catastrophic for the Indians playoff chances.
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Ummm... That was hardly "leveling" - it was more like he kinda fell on top of the fan, and they ended up in each other's arms as they fell to the ground. I mean, great effort and all, but if there was a way to make this confluence of bodies any softer, I don't know what it is. I can't even call this a collision....