We’ve all seen the video… The Ray’s third baseman, the unfortunately named Evan Longoriai grabs a stray hit during batting practice with his bare hands and then goes right back to the interview. It’s been picked up everywhere from sports show to comedy sports shows and is just short of 4 MILLION views on YouTube. The only problem is… it’s a fake video created to go viral for Gillette.
According to the political accuracy site, Politifact (wait, what?), the video shows just way too many signs that it’s a big, fat phony.
A few points from the article:
- “…there are four Gillette logos visible — two behind home plate and two on a roof facade over the third-base bleachers. But those logos aren’t part of McKechnie Field in real life…”
- “…the user who posted the video, MrSprts12. The user created his YouTube account May 4 and has only uploaded the Longoria video. The user lists his company as Gillette.”
- “There is no television station symbols or letters on the video, and the reporter is holding a microphone without a “flag” that identifies the station where the reporter works.”
- “There is no cage surrounding the batter to catch foul balls or stop pitches that aren’t hit. There’s also no screen protecting the batting practice pitcher. There are no coaches in the video hitting ground balls and no other fielders on the baseball diamond to track down any hits.”
- “The batter [or the cameraman], after hitting a ball right at Longoria and the reporter, isn’t heard yelling for them to get out of the way.”
- Plus, there’s all kinds of physics issues with the ball that you can read in the original article.
Should people be pissed? I don’t think so… everybody was entertained and had some fun thinking this all happened for awhile. Oh, and frankly, because it’s a friggin’ brilliant idea for a viral video. You can’t actually make videos with the idea that they will go viral… you just hope and pray they will.
So, congrats to Gillette for pulling it over on us for awhile… I like this a lot better than all your old instructional videos on how to shave your balls.