MLB has created a series of awards with the tortured acronym "GIBBY" (it supposedly stands for "Greatest In Baseball Yearly", ugh). Anyway, these awards were handed out Friday and the White Sox' Mark Buehrle is the recipient of the Defensive Play of the Year Award for his no-look, between-his-legs flip of a ball hit by the Indians' Lou Marson that had ricocheted off Buehrle's leg into foul territory, to Paul Konerko at first base for an out, on Opening Day no less, in front of a sellout throng of 38,935.â†µâ†µ
Here's what Buehrle said about it at the time:â†µâ†µ
"It's one of those when you see a play happening, you are saying 'do I slide and spin or grab the ball and throw it?'," Buehrle said. "Every thought went through my head but that one (flipping the ball through his legs). When it happened, it just happened like I did."â†µâ†µ
Really, it's not just the defensive play of the year; it's one of the most amazing plays I have ever seen. Buehrle is one of the best in the game at playing defense getting off the mound; he should have far more than the two Gold Gloves he has won.â†µâ†µ
You can see video of the play here.