Justin Verlander Baffles Everyone in Fifth Inning Against A’s

To my knowledge, the Oxford English Dictionary does not have a definition for the term “brain fart.” I guess it’s just not on the same level as words like “LOL” or “OMG.”

Lucky for us, Urban Dictionary does have a definition for brain fart:

A spontaneous stupid (Stupid the noun, not stupid the adjective) usually accompanied by loss of train of thought and saying something fantastically stupid without realising it.

Perfect. Now that we have that out of the way, we can talk about Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander, who had one of the worst brain farts in baseball history last night against the Oakland Athletics.

With the Tigers trailing 3-1 in the fifth inning, David DeJesus stepped to the plate for the A’s with a runner on first. Four pitches into the at-bat, Verlander got the notion that he would throw over to first.

However, he appeared to get his feet tangled up, and he threw home instead. The ball nearly hit DeJesus, who appeared to be more than a little annoyed.

For a few brief moments, nobody seemed to have a clue what just happened. The umpires eventually ruled it a balk.

According to MLB.com, Verlander thinks the play may be a baseball first.

It might be the first time that has happened, in general. I thought nothing could happen at the plate. It was a weird circumstance. It was funny talking to the umpires. They gave me a hard time about it, too.

Verlander eventually escaped the fifth without allowing any runs, but he and the Tigers did go on to lose the game, 6-2, with the Tigers righty taking his second loss of the season.

That last part is a bummer, but I don’t think we’ve seen the last of this video clip. Count on it.

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