Amazing play by Konerko, Thornton ensures White Sox victory (video)
STAFF REPORT May 12, 2011 2:10PM
First baseman Paul Konerko (left) and pitcher Matt Thornton celebrate a remarkable play where Konerko flipped the ball behind his back to Thornton to get the last out of the White Sox' 6-4 victory over the Angels. | Getty Images
Updated: May 12, 2011 2:50PM
It’s not quite Mark Buehrle’s between-the-legs gem, but first baseman Paul Konerko’s behind-the-back flip to pitcher Matt Thornton to end the White Sox’ 6-4 victory over the Angels Wednesday night is a close second.
The setup: With two out in the 10th inning, the Angels’ Torii Hunter tried to bunt his way on. Konerko fielded the ball barehanded and flipped it behind his back to Thornton, who also grabbed it barehanded and beat Hunter to the bag.
“I knew he was going to try to get the ball to me somehow, some way and I was looking for it in the vicinity where I could keep on running and catch it,’’ Thornton said. “It happened to be barehanded to make it a little prettier but I’m just looking for the ball, trying to grab it and get to the bag. I didn’t have time to adjust to get out of the way. Torii stepped on my foot. I was just trying to get there as soon as possible.’’