On May 24, 2013 — The Rangers pull a fast one in the 2nd inning of their 9 – 5 win over the Mariners. In his first major league at-bat, Jesus Sucre hits a ground ball to first. 1B Mitch Moreland relays to SS Elvis Andrus to retire Justin Smoak for one out, and Andrus throws back to first, but P Justin Grimm crosses in front of Moreland and catches the ball, well away from first base, and walks away as if nothing particular has taken place. The umpires are fooled though, and call Sucre out for a double play. Umpire Jeff Nelson will later admit his mistake, explaining that “the pitcher came out of nowhere” to make the catch. He’s not the only one fooled by Grimm’s great acting job, as on-deck hitter Brendan Ryan says he also missed it, and Mariners manager Eric Wedge comes out to argue – but only that Moreland’s foot was off the bag!
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