Phillies infielder Jean Segura talked ice cream with a fan during his at-bat that tied Monday’s game
You think you’re a good multitasker? Try talking to a fan while facing a pitcher throwing heat when the game is on the line, and then actually coming through.
During Segura’s at-bat in the top of the ninth, a fan shouted “Segura! What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?” Segura shouted back “Vanilla,” smiled, and then tied the game. The Phillies eventually won the series opener 7-5, putting them back at .500.
Segura went 1-for-3 with two runs scored, an RBI, and two walks.
It’s impressive that Segura was able to answer the kid and focus on the at-bat. It also shows you how difficult it is to tune out the noise of the ballpark, yet another factor that plays into these athletes’ abilities; they not only have to focus on hitting the lightning-fast sphere hurtling towards them, they have to do it in front of tens of thousands of passionate, vocal spectators.
Segura is having an amazing season, now slashing .308/.368/.449 with a .817 OPS, his best since his career year in 2016, when he led the NL in at-bats and hits. Due to injury, he’s only played in 78 games this year, but has hit six home runs, 19 doubles, three triples, and has driven in 37 RBI and stolen seven bases. His strikeout numbers have improved, too; in 2020, he struck out in 23.4% of his at-bats, compared to a little under 16.1% this year.
Between this at-bat, the praying mantis, and Ranger Suárez starting for the first time since 2018, this game truly had everything.