Victor Martinez made a rare start at first base for the Detroit Tigers on Sunday, and he made it a memorable one by pulling off an incredible play. Martinez knocked down a hard grounder off the bat of Jacoby Ellsbury, and managed to beat the speedy Red Sox outfielder with a circus flip to first for the out.

Ellsbury, as impressed as anyone, acknowledged Martinez’s unexpected defensive prowess with a pat on the back.

… And GIF format for the inclined:

Comments (1)

  1. If you look at the 39/40 second mark you can see he looks back to see it the pitcher was covering, then looked down (41 second mark) and picked up the ball and flipped it.

    You can pretty much only see this from the one angle. (and not at all in the gif)

    Regardless, this is a GREAT PLAY and a pure defensive gem.

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