Hilarious moment Cardinals minor league star is left stunned after celebrating his ‘home run’… only to realize it’s a flyout after finishing third base as stunned teammates look on
- Memphis Redbirds shortstop Delvin Perez thought he had homed Thursday
- To his desperation, he had in fact flied out but didn’t realize until he crossed over in third
- Perez waved his bat, saluted the crowd before realizing he was mistaken
- Teammates, opponents and fans watched both amused and stunned
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St. Louis Cardinals minor league talent Delvin Perez delivered a magical moment on Thursday night… just not the one he was expecting!
Against Atlanta Braves Triple A partner Gwinnett Stripers, Perez appeared to have hit a homer to left field for his Memphis Redbirds.
On any given day, that would have been the result, but the howling wind in Memphis had other ideas.
Delvin Perez, of the Memphis Redbirds, celebrated in style as he thought he homed
The ball seemed destined to find its home across the outfield, until the wind inexplicably blew it into the glove of Stripers leftfielder Justyn-Henry Malloy.
Moments after butchering the ball, Perez began to celebrate by turning his bat over as he jogged to first base.
His victory lap wasn’t done there, and he raised his hand to celebrate after passing second.
After passing second base, long after the ball was caught, Perez continued to party
It wasn’t until the opposing team’s total bewilderment that Perez realized he had made a flyout
By the time he reached third base, cameras showed his teammates in the Redbirds dugout, both in disbelief and joy at Perez’s blissful ignorance.
Jogging toward home plate, Perez turned and the harsh reality of events slowly dawned on me.
A wry smile appeared, soon followed by hands on his hand as he trudged into the Memphis dugout.
The St. Louis Cardinal minor leaguer looked stunned at the news
Some of Perez’s Redbirds teammates looked on in amazement, amused and confused
Despite his comedic error of judgment, Perez amused almost everyone in AutoZone Park, in downtown Memphis, with fans laughing and clapping in his histrionics.
It’s not the first premature celebration we’ve seen, but Perez is currently the king of the clubhouse.
Consider this baseball’s answer to Nick Young.
The 23-year-old isn’t the first to celebrate an athletic achievement prematurely and he won’t be the last