Mmmm, that is smooth.
One of the things I really respect about catchers is their desire to keep the runner from crossing the plate. Wearing very little protective equipment and trying to stop a guy the size of Frank Thomas...well, that's a job I don't think I could do. Sure, I played catcher in Little League, but I was bigger than every other kid and relished the thought of someone trying to run me over.
As intimidating as the Big Hurt must have been, I can only imagine seeing this guy barreling down on you.
Man, I love a good play at the plate card.