Rays Pull Off The Old Hidden-Ball Trick

The L.A. Dodgers won 5-0 last night, but the Tampa Bay Rays stole the highlight spotlight by pulling off the old-hidden ball trick on Juan Uribe.

Check out the video to see just how the Rays did it. Uribe has his head down the entire time. James Loney tosses it to Yunel Escobar, who tosses it to Evan Longoria.

Longoria hovers behind Uribe at third base waiting for the moment Uribe’s foot comes off the bag, and then slaps the tag on him.

“I made a mistake,” Uribe said. “I didn’t see that the guy had the ball until it was too late. Every day, you see something different. I’ve never seen that before. Guys try. Now, I know.”

“It’s a play that I always have in the back of my mind through the course of a game,” Escobar said. “Guys were going everywhere, so it happened to be a good situation where I thought we might be able to tag Uribe out. The umpire was standing there and knew what was going on right away, and the only one that didn’t know what was going on was Uribe.

“I’ve tried it four or five other times this year and never got anybody out in the big leagues. But in the minor leagues, I got four or five guys out.”

“I know that Yuni is always looking to do it,” Longoria said. “Usually when a play like happens, the pitcher is right around the mound and you don’t have a whole lot of time before the umpires call time. I had just walked around behind Uribe, and Hernandez was still walking back from behind the plate to the mound.”

“I was just kind of waving my hand to see if Loney would see me, and he did. But he threw the ball to Yuni — which was the best part of the play, because it was indirect. Once I got the ball, I just kind of waited there. He barely took his foot off the base and I tagged him. It really was the one highlight of the day for us.”

There can’t be any lonelier trip back to the dugout than after falling victim to the hidden-ball trick. I bet from now on, Uribe makes it a point to keep his eye on the ball at all times.


About Matthew George

Matthew George graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2008 with a bachelor of science in journalism. He spent three years writing sports for the Kentucky Kernel, the university's daily paper, and served as assistant sports editor. After undergrad, Matthew attended Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University where he earned his juris doctorate. He is now admitted to practice law in Kentucky and Indiana.

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