No one knows why they did it, but the Melbourne Aces recently released a trick shot video with a plausibility level hovering somewhere around “Indiana Jones fridge nuke.”
The video was spotted by Stephen Douglas of The Big Lead, and Lord, do we have some issues to sort out here.
Titled “Blindfolded Baseball Catcher vs. 2 Hockey Players,” the video pretty much speaks for itself. Two random field hockey players shoot balls at a catcher wearing a blindfold.
Naturally, this isn’t a problem for the man, who clearly spends most of his practices wearing a sleep mask and catching 85 mph sliders. The catcher goes all zen-master/Mr. Miyagi in this video and catches 10 shots in a row.
I warn you now: Don’t tell me this is real. I’ll believe that sleeping in ice will keep you warm before you can convince me this is authentic.
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With that being said, this is not the only fake trick shot video out there—not by a long shot. Take “Ultimate Batting Practice,” for example.
Fake isn’t the ideal trick shot video, but as long as it’s creative and makes you think, the concept is inspiring.
“Ultimate Batting Practice” is one such fake video that leaves viewer thinking, “Whoa.” For half a moment, your brain actually tries to rationalize it.
Melbourne’s trick shot video, on the other hand, doesn’t leave much to the imagination. It’s publicity, however, and any publicity is good publicity—even if it involves your creation being compared to Tauntaun stomach cubes.
So congrats, Melbourne? You clearly have a knack for generating buzz. Just make sure that potential new customers understand that your catcher won’t be snagging pitches blindfolded behind home plate before you take their money.
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