The Houston Astro’s miserable 2013 season was conveniently encapsulated in a single play last night, when Astro’s infielder Jonathan Villar slid face-first into another player’s butt.
The play occurred when Villar attempted to stretch his first inning single into a double and instead ended up with a faceful of the Reds Brandon Phillips’ neather regions. And yes, Villar was tagged out on the play.
Fittingly, the play occurred in a game that would eventually become a 10-0 loss, the Astro’s 100th of the season, and less than a week after just 1,000 people in the Houston market tuned into last Saturday's television broadcast.
Deadspin has already compiled a comprehensive gif list of every possible angle of the butt slide, which the site’s Twitter feed called “the greatest play in baseball history.” Obviously, the rest of Twitter is feasting on this and even Phillips was able to laugh at the incident.
As with all revolutionary moments in time, the shorthand that will be used when describing the moment to our grandchildren is still being hammered out, with SportsCenter pushing hard for “butt tag,” but most other outlets choosing butt slide, whether split into two separate words, hyphenated as “butt-slide,” compounded as “buttslide.” Regardless of what we collectively settle on, replays are scheduled for every Friday on SportsCenter during the “Worst of the Worst” segment for at least the next 40 weeks.