Rays vs. Red Sox Video: Watch Yunel Escobar's Sick Glove Backhand Flip

Josh Schoch@JoshSchochAnalyst IIIJuly 24, 2013


Yunel Escobar and Ben Zobrist showed the rest of baseball how to turn a double play on Wednesday night, with the Tampa Bay Rays taking on the division-leading Boston Red Sox.

Escobar started the double play with a ridiculous behind-the-back flip with his glove hand right to Zobrist, who bare-handed the ball and whipped it to first to complete the double play by a split second.

Escobar's flip was filthy, and after watching it, it's not hard to believe that this guy recently set a team record with 53 straight games without an error.

It looked almost effortless. Escobar looked cool and composed throughout the play, and he reacts like it's just any other out. I could watch this GIF all day:

And it's not the first time we've seen the Rays infielder make great plays in the field. The 30-year-old Escobar has proven to be one of the best defensive shortstops in baseball year after year, thanks to his great mobility, flashy glove and fantastic arm.

His great defense has helped him continually string together such great highlight reels.

Chicks dig the long ball, but Yunel Escobar offers much more than that. And the fans absolutely gushed over his latest accomplishment in the Twittersphere:

Yunel Escobar is #SCtop10 bound with that SICK flip to Ben Zobrist to start the double play. #TBvsBOS

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 25, 2013

What Yunel Escobar just did is what all normal people try to do while just messing around #Unreal #Flashy

— Thomas Hughes (@HughesMas) July 25, 2013

That play by Yunel Escobar to get the double play was crazy. Web gem for sure. Great glove work. #WednesdayNightBaseball

— Aaron Carr (@TheRealACarr) July 25, 2013

Yunel Escobar just turned a sickkkk double play #webgem

— Peyton Hodge (@peyhodge) July 25, 2013

Jose Iglesias might be the best defensive shortstop in baseball, but Yunel Escobar just made the best play by a SS I've seen all year.

— David Laurila (@DavidLaurilaQA) July 25, 2013

Escobar's flip was one of the sickest plays we've seen all year, and we can't wait to see what he does next.