Shocked Shortstop Won’t Soon Forget This ‘Takeout Slide’ from the Sky

You knew something like this was bound to happen.

Those stunt-people who skydive and hang-glide into baseball fields always seem to do it without a hitch…until they don’t.

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The unlucky recipient of one such landing gone wrong was Mattingly Romanin, the starting shortstop for the Hannibal (Mo.) Cavemen.

Players were congregating in groups on the field Saturday when a sky-diver soared down to the field and unceremoniously bashed into Romanin, who obviously wasn’t watching the stuntman, and both took a tumble in the outfield just past second base.

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Romanin looked pretty hurt at first, but he turned out to be okay.

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Romanin even joked with teammates on Twitter about about the takeout slide he won’t soon forget:

(Credit: Twitter via Deadspin)

The Cavemen are part of the Prospect League, which is a summer collegiate wood-bat league.

Here’s the painful raw video:

And a closer, alternate angle of the collision from KHQA-TV:

(H/T: Deadspin)

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