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The phrase, “As you have done before,” could not have been more appropriate.
Thursday night in Memphis, Tennessee, St. Louis Cardinals minor league infielder Delvin Perez had an embarrassing moment against the Atlanta Braves Triple-A affiliate, the Gwinnett Stripers.
in Bottom of the sixth inning, Perez launched a 1-1 slider high into left field. As Perez connected, Perez began to “pimp” what he thought was a home run, flipping his bat as he began to round the bases.
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The problem? Perez flied out to left field in the first out of the sixth inning.
Thinking he had hit a long home run, Perez lowered his head and walked halfway to home plate before realizing he had hit a routine fly ball.
“When I got up to home plate, guys were saying, ‘That’s not out.’ And I started thinking, ‘I don’t believe it,'” Perez said in Spanish, according to STL Pinch Hits.
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As the wind blew, Perez’s reported 107 MPH shot to left bounced off, easily landing in the left fielder’s glove on the warning track.
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“People who know about this ballpark know the ball was going out, but obviously the wind knocked it over,” he said. “I’ve had a lot of at-bats in this ballpark. From the moment I hit, I heard the catcher say, ‘Oh my God,’ and I thought, ‘It’s gone.'”
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Perez, who was selected in the first round 2016 MLB Draft by CardinalsHitting .226 with 5 home runs and 33 RBIs in 292 at-bats with the Memphis Redbirds.
“Everybody was laughing and just saying, ‘Wow,’ nobody could believe it,” Perez said. “It was 107 (mph) right off the bat. 107 to leave. It is mandatory. And those who understand know that the wind has knocked it down.”