The following animation from Saturday morning's Little League World Series action is more than a little hypnotizing. Watch as a youngster spikes a pitch, resulting in what would seem to be an expensive piece of equipment malfunction for ESPN. By equipment malfunction, I mean the kid shattered an ESPN camera lens strategically positioned behind home plate.
Here's the gif, courtesy of Bubba Prog.
A few notes on this little beauty.:
- First, the kid appears to screaming a war cry as he throws the pitch. We're off to a good start.
- I have no idea what the young man threw, but it's not even close to a strike. Combined with shoddy camera operation, which doesn't track the pitch, it's tough to see where the pitch lands, but I'm pretty sure it bounced in front of the plate.
- Notice the catcher not even bothering. Sure, it appears he throws a back-hand at the pitch, but it was so far outside it wasn't even worth it.
- While it may seem like this was a poor pitch, think again. This was a young man tired of the incessant coverage of the Little League World Series on ESPN. He was a crusader, a young man who was fighting for what he believed in -- one broken camera at a time. He plays for the love of the game, not the fame that comes with national television coverage. This was no accident: It was a perfectly placed pitch from a Little League assassin. Mission accomplished, soldier.
- He later whirled around to try and pick a runner off second, only to throw the ball through the camera in center field.* See? Told you it was no accident.
*This didn't happen.