Viral Is This Blue Jays Player's Somersault the Best Baseball Slide Ever?
The Toronto Blue Jays' Chris Coghlan stunned baseball fans Tuesday night with one of the most unique, acrobatic "slides" ever seen.
During the 7th inning of the Blue Jays' 6-5 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, Coghlan turned what appeared to be a guaranteed out into a Blue Jays run by soaring and somersaulting over the head of Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina.
With the score tied at 2-2 in the 7th, Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar hit a ball to the right-field corner.
Coghlan, who entered the game as a pinch-hitter and got on base with a walk, sped around the bases and was waved home by third-base coach Luis Rivera.
It initially appeared to be an ill-advised decision, as Cardinals right fielder Stephen Piscotty made a great throw and Molina was in perfect position at home plate.
Coghlan, however, vaulted over Molina like a superhero, rotating in midair, before his hands found the plate.
"I was coming around third, and I looked to my left to see where the ball was," Coghlan told MLB.com. "I saw it was going to beat me, and then, probably the last step or two, I saw Yadi go down. Your first thought is, 'OK, I'm going to run him over because he's right over the plate.' Then I was thinking, since he was down, 'Why don't you jump?' I just jumped, and the rest is history."
Twitter immediately exploded in the moments following the stunning dive/slide.
— Blue Jays (@BlueJays) April 26, 2017
— Juan Arturo Recio (@JuanRecioM) April 26, 2017
You know, I might have guessed 1,000 different guys before Chris Coughlan if you asked me the mostly likely to pull the Willie Mayes Hayes.
— Ross Bukouricz (@rossbukouricz) April 26, 2017
I've never been prouder of Chris Coughlan.
— Brendin Axtman (@starsfan24) April 26, 2017
Chris Coghlan .... wow. Flip over Yadi for a run!#BlueJays
— Brian Smith (@TCD_brian) April 26, 2017
Is Chris Coghlan my new favorite #bluejay? I've never seen that before in my life
— Jeff Goldenberg (@jeff_goldenberg) April 26, 2017
Chris Coghlan's slide is going to be replayed in highlight reels forever.
— Andrew Simon (@AndrewSimonMLB) April 26, 2017
That was amazing. #Chris Coghlan
— Scott Moore (@MooreScottmoore) April 26, 2017
Chris Coghlan just landed a flip that would make Kerri Strug blush.
— Arash Madani (@ArashMadani) April 26, 2017
I was already a pretty big Chris Coghlan fan, but after THAT? That was amaaaazing.
— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) April 26, 2017
CHRIS COGHLAN WITH THE GREATEST SLIDE IN MLB HISTORY
— Ricky Sanders (@RSandersDFS) April 26, 2017
Chris Coghlan just did one of the coolest things I've ever seen on a baseball diamond.
— allan g (@algibbons) April 26, 2017
Chris Coghlan! Ahahahhaha what an absolutely amazing dive-slide
— Eric O'Neill (@MrEricOneill) April 26, 2017
— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) April 26, 2017
HOLY WHAT JUST HAPPENED!!! Chris Coghlan!!!! #BlueJays
— Owen Lovely (@ODAWG27) April 26, 2017
Watch the crazy slide above.