But baseball runners can also be fooled.
Just ask Shin-Soo Choo.
In this clip from a baseball game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Los Angeles Dodgers, a player from the Cincinnati Reds hits a ball to center field. Mr. Choo is on first base, running to second.
He should remain on second base, but he gets fooled.
It's hard to see, but as the ball is hit, second baseman Skip Schumaker from the Los Angeles Dodgers reaches up quickly, as if he's caught the ball. That causes Mr. Choo to think that Mr. Schumaker actually caught the ball, so he slides into the base hoping to make it, because Mr. Schumaker only has to touch him with the ball to get him out.
Yet while he's sliding, he's facing away from the outfield. When he finally looks into the outfield, he realizes his mistake. Mr. Schumaker did not catch the ball - the outfielder caught the ball.
But Mr. Choo has missed the fact that the ball bounced on the ground.
So he thinks that his teammate on first base is out, and he will be too if he doesn't run quickly back to first base.
So Mr. Choo starts running towards first base.
And that's when he realizes, hey, wait, that guy in the outfield didn't catch the ball in midair, and that means that I should stay on second base, and...
It's too late.
The outfielder throws the ball to second base, and Mr. Choo can't run to first base, and he can't go to second base. He's trapped and he's fooled and he's out.
All together, the tricky play took about five seconds.
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