Watch: Yankees Fall Victim to Fantastic Hidden Ball Trick in Key Moment


It’s one of those plays where you just say to yourself, “How does anyone fall for that?” But they do, every year.

It’s the hidden ball trick, and Tyler Wade of the New York Yankees is its latest victim.

It happened in the Yankees’ 6-5 road win over the Angels on Wednesday night. In the top of the seventh inning, Brett Gardner drove a ball deep to center field on which Mike Trout made an incredible over-the-shoulder catch.

That catch in itself is worth a highlight.

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Trout threw the relay in to shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who ran the ball into the infield while Wade sauntered back to second.

But Wade was a little too nonchalant about it. Simmons tagged him with the ball in his glove and held it there as Wade lifted his foot off the bag.

The umpire initially said Wade was safe, but the Angels appealed the call. After a review, he was ruled out for an inning-ending double play.

That ended a Yankees rally that already had plated two runs in the seventh to tie the game at 5-5.

“I was sure of it,” Simmons told “I wasn’t sure the replay was going to have an angle, so I’m just happy they made the right call.”

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Angels manager Brad Ausmus didn’t see it but trusted his shortstop, whom teammates call “Simba.”

“He signaled to me to look at it,” Ausmus told “We didn’t get an answer from our instant replay, but with it being the seventh inning, I just trusted Simba and decided to have them take a look.”

Wade would redeem himself in the ninth inning with a one-out single. He then stole second and scored what turned out to be the game-winner on a D.J. LeMahieu RBI single.

In addition to his trickery, Simmons had a huge game, going 2 for 4 with two home runs and two RBIs.

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Dave is a lifelong sports fan who has been writing for The Wildcard since 2017. He has been a writer for more than 20 years for a variety of publications.
Dave has been writing about sports for The Wildcard since 2017. He's been a reporter and editor for over 20 years, covering everything from sports to financial news. In addition to writing for The Wildcard, Dave has covered mutual funds for Pensions and Investments, meetings and conventions, money market funds, personal finance, associations, and he currently covers financial regulations and the energy sector for Macallan Communications. He has won awards for both news and sports reporting.
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