We've seen what happened when a golf ball gently bounced off a camera lens, but what happens when a baseball bat is violently flung toward a very expensive camera? And more importantly: What happens to the guy holding the gear?
Turns out that very little happens to both camera and cameraman. Or at least very little happened during Game 4 of the American League Championship Series when Brett Gardner's bat flew towards the camera held by freelance videographer Steve Angel:
The top of Gardner's bat wound up striking Angel's camera directly on the lens, making anything he filmed out of there look like a giant snowflake or the opening scene to a James Bond movie.
It didn't matter. Angel never flinched. And as Alex Rodriguez came home during a forceout at third base, he could only think of one thing.
"I just thought, 'How do I get back to work? You're here to do a job,'" said Angel, who's based in Atlanta and was working for TBS as a freelancer.
"A-Rod was about to cross home plate, so that's what I was doing. I was shooting him. And then all of a sudden, if you look at the video, it gets pretty frosty."
While Angel focused on A-Rod through the tiny hole he still had to work with, the other TBS cameras focused on him.
Angel said it would cost "more than a house" to replace one of those TBS lenses if it is broken. But in front of each lens, the camera sports a protective glass cover on the outside, which was all Gardner's bat wound up damaging.
While everyone is cheering about the fact that the bat hit this protective glass cover instead of the camera lens, I'm just plain relieved that it didn't hit Angel's head. Kudos to him for staying so calm while only a few inches from a concussion. [MLB]