Tampa Bay Rays rookie third baseman Richie Shaffer had a night to remember Tuesday.
Shaffer recorded his first career hit, which also happened to be a solo home run. It's the kind of play everyone dreams about in their backyard, except in this case, the bases weren't loaded with a full count in the bottom of the ninth inning with the World Series on the line.
Still, Shaffer accomplished what must have been a pretty huge life goal. Adding to the memory had to be the scene in the dugout immediately following the solo blast.
After a couple high fives on the field, Shaffer stepped into the dugout only to be greeted by silence from his teammates. But he plays it perfectly—pretending to celebrate anyway, with a fake air-hug that really sells the routine.
Eventually, Shaffer ended up in the middle of a scrum of his loving teammates, and in that moment, everything in the world was perfect. You can check it out for yourself below:
- Rohan Nadkarni