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Minor leaguer hilariously celebrates home run… only to realize it’s a fly out after rounding third

Hilarious moment Cardinals minor league star is left baffled after celebrating his ‘home run’… only to realize it’s a fly out after rounding third base as amazed teammates watch on

  • Memphis Redbirds shortstop Delvin Perez thought he’d homered on Thursday 
  • To his despair, he had in fact hit a fly out but failed to realize until crossing third
  • Perez flipped his bat, saluted to the crowd before noticing he was mistaken
  • Teammates, opponents and fans looked on in both amusement & bewilderment 
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St. Louis Cardinals minor league talent Delvin Perez produced a magical moment on Thursday night… just not the one he was expecting! 

Up against the Atlanta Braves’ Triple A affiliate, Gwinnett Stripers, Perez looked to have smashed a homer to left field for his Memphis Redbirds. 

On any given day that would have been the result, however the howling wind in Memphis had other ideas. 

Delvin Perez, of the Memphis Redbirds, celebrated in style as he believed to have homered

The ball looked destined to find its home over the outfield, until the wind inexplicably blew it into the glove of Stripers left-fielder Justyn-Henry Malloy. 

Moments after slaughtering the ball, Perez began to celebrate, flipping his bat as he jogged to first base. 

His lap of victory wasn’t done there, raising his hand in celebration after crossing second. 

After crossing second base, long after the ball was caught, Perez continued his celebrations

After crossing second base, long after the ball was caught, Perez continued his celebrations

Only after utter bemusement from the opposing team did Perez realize he had hit a fly out

Only after utter bemusement from the opposing team did Perez realize he had hit a fly out

By the time he reached third base, cameras showed his teammates in the Redbirds dugout both in disbelief and glee at Perez’s blissful unawareness. 

As he jogged toward home plate, Perez turned and the harsh reality of events slowly settled in. 

A wry smile appeared, soon followed by hands upon his hand as he trudged into the Memphis dugout.

The St. Louis Cardinal minor leaguer looked unadulteratedly perplexed following the news

The St. Louis Cardinal minor leaguer looked unadulteratedly perplexed following the news

Some of Perez's Redbirds teammates looked on in astonishment, amusement and confusion

Some of Perez’s Redbirds teammates looked on in astonishment, amusement and confusion

Despite his comedic error in judgement, Perez amused almost everyone inside AutoZone Park, in downtown Memphis, with fans smiling and clapping his histrionics. 

It isn’t the first premature celebration we have seen, but Perez is very much currently king of the clubhouse. 

Consider this baseball’s answer to Nick Young. 

The 23-year-old isn't the first to prematurely celebrate an athletic feat and he won't be the last

The 23-year-old isn’t the first to prematurely celebrate an athletic feat and he won’t be the last



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