During the top of the sixth inning Tuesday night as the New York Yankees hosted the Minnesota Twins during the American League Wild Card Game, Bronx Bombers catcher Gary Sanchez took a baseball right to the family jewels.
And we’re not talking about one of those glancing blows or even a bouncer that got underneath him. Nope, this was a direct, bat-to-balls shot that caused the entire stadium, including Sanchez’s own teammates, to collectively groan in agony for the poor guy.
The Yankee crowd reaction to that Gary Sanchez replay was amazing.
— Sam Wilson (@samwils) October 4, 2017
— Cut4 (@Cut4) October 4, 2017
Here’s a look at the direct hit Sanchez took. But be warned: If you have not yet seen it, it’s brutal.
Gary Sanchez taking a fastball to the nuts in slow mo is the most horrific injury I've ever seen in sports history. https://t.co/5M4RomlUGJ
— K E V I N (@KevChestnut) October 4, 2017
Somehow, Sanchez was able to pull himself off the ground, stand back up and stay in the game.
Audible gasp by the crowd. Gary Sanchez got one right in the … well … yeah … he'll stay in the game
— Mike Mazzeo (@MazzNYC) October 4, 2017
Here’s a bit more from the folks on social media, who encapsulated the moment as only they can.
Watching Gary Sanchez take one off the jewels. pic.twitter.com/bYkzxndzWS
— Zachary D. Rymer (@zachrymer) October 4, 2017
— Matt Davis (@psumattdavis) October 4, 2017
Imagine being Gary Sanchez and getting hit in the nuts in front of thousands in the stadium and millions on TV. What a moment. #postseason
— Jeff Eisenband (@JeffEisenband) October 4, 2017
Gary Sanchez, man of steel.
— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) October 4, 2017