Last year, Alex Cobb of the Tampa Bay Rays suffered every pitcher’s worst nightmare. He was drilled in the head by a line drive, the ball simply coming back at him too quickly for him to defend himself. He suffered a concussion and was out for exactly two months dealing with the symptoms.
Tonight, Cobb must have suffered serious flashbacks as he was pitching in the 4th inning and had another ball come straight back up the box.
The Rays were taking on the Miami Marlins in a little interleague action, and the Marlins held a 3-0 lead in the 4th. With two outs and no one on, Adeiny Hechavarria came to plate. With a 2-2 count, Cobb delivered a strike that Hechavarria sent screaming right back at him.
This time around, however, Cobb was able to make a play. With the ball about waist high, Cobb pivoted quickly, throwing his glove at the ball as fast as he reflexes would allow. And before he even knew what had happened, the ball was in his glove.
It was quite the play from Cobb, and a much better result than getting pegged by the liner. His effort wasn’t enough however, as the Marlins held on to their lead for a 3-1 victory over the scuffling Rays.