For a center fielder, the low line drive heading directly toward you is as tricky a play as there is.
"It's like you're standing in the middle of the road, and you've got a truck coming at you," Yankees third base coach Rob Thomson said.
The center fielder, robbed of depth perception, is unable to judge the ball's distance as it speeds toward him. His only choice, Thomson said, is to freeze and wait -- and try to stay relaxed while seeking the proper read.
The Yankees' Curtis Granderson froze on Don Kelly's drive with the bases loaded and two outs in the first inning Tuesday night in Game 4 of the Division Series. He froze, and the ball took off, rising quickly.
"I was like, 'Oh man,'" Granderson said.
Kelly is so fast, Tigers manager Jim Leyland said the play might have resulted in an inside-the-park grand slam if Granderson had fallen down and the ball had gone over his head.
But nothing of the sort took place.