Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Mask Hit By Foul Tip, Sparks Fly In Tigers-White Sox Game [VIDEO]

Sparks fly off pitcher who throws with velocity in the mid to upper 90s is known as a "flamethrower" or a "fireballer." The adjective "blazing" is sometimes used to describe their fastballs, which are a themselves known as "heaters." As in, "Forget about the curve ball Ricky, give 'em the heater."

Tigers ace Justin Verlander is such a flamethrower. But the sparks didn't start flying during Tigers' game against the White Sox on Tuesday at U.S. Cellular Field until after Verlander's seven shutout frames. In the bottom of the eighth inning, Detroit relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit hurled a fastball and Chicago's A.J. Pierzynski foul tipped it. The ball struck Tigers catcher Alex Avila's mask, causing sparks to fly and Twitter to explode.

According to Chris Iott of, Avila didn't have any idea what reporters were talking about when he was asked to comment on the play.

Then he saw the replay.

"That was ridiculous. That was like a firecracker coming off my mask," Avila said, via Jason Beck of Scroll down to watch the video

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