Fortunately, no harm was apparent to either player. But looking at the video, even on multiple viewings knowing what's coming, can still make one flinch each time at how narrowly tragedy was avoided. From the Daily News:
“I have to get out of the way,’’ said Frazier “He is the center fielder, and I can’t knock the ball out of his glove. I’m not the center fielder. When the guy calls it, I can’t act like I’m a center fielder when I’m on the corners.’’
Like Fowler, Frazier has come up through the minors playing centerfield, so he understands the centerfielder's job is to catch anything and everything he can possibly get to, and the corner fielders' job is to let him. So perhaps it was just his muscle memory kicked in.
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Unlike Fowler, however, Frazier is projected as a corner outfielder if and when he can master Triple A pitching -- something he has yet to do either with the Indians or the Yankees -- and, of course, that corner-outfielding thing. So it was good to see Frazier quickly own up to his role in the near disaster.
But in what he probably thought was an amusing addendum to his mea culpa, he said: “I have shown them the ability to hit breaking balls, fastballs, be aggressive on the base paths, make errors in the outfield,’’ he said. “I am not done messing up and showing what I can do.’’
To which the New York Post's George A. King III rightly responded on behalf of Yankee fans everywhere: "What he should be done with is hurling himself toward defenseless teammates in games that don’t count. For his sake and others."
Think about it, Clint.