Considering the way the Jays’ season has started out so far, we wouldn’t blame you if you’d already checked out by the seventh inning of a random early season Tuesday night game against the Cardinals. But if that’s the case, you just missed the play of the day. The week. The month. Or even the year. I’ll be there for youuuu… Sorry, where were we? Oh right, the play.
Pillar crushed a triple to right, Chris Coghlan rounded third, and by all accounts, looked like he was going to be gunned out by a mile at home. Then? Well, the journeyman outfielder simply defied the laws of physics and went full Willie Mays Hayes over Cards catcher Yadier Molina for the go-ahead run. Cue the sound of jaws and GIFs) dropping across the baseball world.
Here’s a few of our favourite reactions – and overreactions – to the play that will forever go down in Jays lore as the franchise’s second-most famous flip.
But first, let’s see it again. (And again. And again.)
— Cut4 (@Cut4) April 26, 2017
"Let's go to the judges for their reaction to Chris Coghlan's landing". pic.twitter.com/Gwjr05MBB5
— Ian Hunter (@BlueJayHunter) April 26, 2017
Put Coghlan on the level of excellence immediately.
— Ben Ennis (@SportsnetBen) April 26, 2017
Oh my god Chris Coghlan is Willie Mays Hayes from Major League II pic.twitter.com/A84027h0pe
— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) April 26, 2017
(Just as was foretold in Major League II, Coghlan’s leap clearly means the down-on-their-luck Jays are set to rip off an epic return to the playoffs to spite their cheapskate owners.)
"I told you I wasn't gonna slide." – Chris Coghlan. pic.twitter.com/DQIG1qAYm2
— MLB (@MLB) April 26, 2017
Move over, Pillar:
— Stephanie Thompson (@sthompy) April 26, 2017
You too, Bautista:
Screw the bat flip. It's all about the Coghlan flip.
— Bonk's Mullet (@BonksMullet) April 26, 2017
The Blue Jays sure like to flip. pic.twitter.com/QfDC0ccTLL
— Tim and Sid (@timandsid) April 26, 2017
Bae: come over
Chris Coghlan: can’t, there’s a catcher in my way
Bae: my parents aren’t home
Chris Coghlan: pic.twitter.com/ev3j4FCfif
— James Creighton (@ThatFishCreigh) April 26, 2017
me avoiding confrontation pic.twitter.com/rIR5uVWsvu
— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) April 26, 2017
— Blue Jays Dad 6-14 (@BlueJaysDad) April 26, 2017
So congratulations Coghlan, you just earned yourself a spot in highlight reels for decades to come.