Baseball fans were not prepared for this visual during Game 2 of the World Series.
As Houston Astros center fielder George Springer settled under Chase Utley’s fly ball to begin the bottom of the sixth inning, his head simply vanished.
Fortunately, we can report that Springer is fine. He was just a victim of the business aspect of the World Series. As he made the catch, his head disappeared under a digital ad promoting Masterpass, which gave the illusion that his head had been taken clean off his shoulders.
Get into debt with a loan shark and they'll kneecap you. Get into debt with a credit card and they'll decapitate you in the World Series. https://t.co/BEM9dTC2PO
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 26, 2017
Naturally, social media was abuzz after Springer’s apparent vanishing head trick. There were many Halloween jokes that followed, and we’re sure some memes will be coming too if the World Series keeps spiraling downward for Houston.
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) October 26, 2017
Props to George Springer: First headless guy to record a putout in the World Series. pic.twitter.com/NDQC5ZtoQH
— Eric Little (@TheEricLittle) October 26, 2017
Oddly enough, the loss of his head may have been a good omen for Springer. He entered Game 2 with just four hits over his last eight games, but he broke out in a big way by reaching base four times in the Astros eventual 7-6 win in 11 innings. In fact, he had the biggest hit of the game, cracking a go-ahead two-run homer in the final inning.
World Series sponsorships have led to some interesting visuals during Games 1 and 2. On Tuesday, everyone was having fun with the well placed Youtube TV ad directly behind home plate.
— Stephanie Stradley (@StephStradley) October 25, 2017
Springer’s lost head was a little more disturbing. But as long as we’re talking about them, then the ads are definitely serving the intended purpose.
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