NERD ALERT: Sir Isaac Newton once deduced that,
“Every object in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state of motion unless an external force is applied to it.”
In this play that occurred in June, the “object” is some poor sap trying to score on a base hit. The “external force” is Stryker Trahan, the Arizona Diamondbacks first round selection in this year’s First-Year Player Draft. Stryker checks in at 6’1″, 215 so while he’s a big dude, he isn’t enormous. And 99 times out of 100 the catcher takes the brunt of a hit in this situation. I won’t go Newton on your again, but the runner is running at full speed. The catcher is standing there not moving. You get it.
That didn’t happen here. You can call Stryker, who current plays for the AZL D-Backs in the Rookie Arizona League, a brick wall or a man of steel, but that geek Newton beat you to the punch with “external force”. It only took the runner seven seconds to get back to his feet and re-gain his bearings.