Wednesday was a tough night for Detroit Tigers catcher Brayan Pena.
Not only did he have to play 14 innings behind the dish, but he also received a crushing blow from Seattle Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak in a scary collision at home plate. Seriously, take a look and see for yourself.
Watch as Pena holds on to apply the tag despite being absolutely leveled by Smoak as the latter attempted to score the game-tying run in the bottom of the 14th. Lying face down in the dirt, Pena held up the ball in his bare hand to show plate umpire Bob Davidson, then shook his fist in triumph before teammates helped him up.
"I got dizzy," Pena said after the game. "I think he hit me in the chin as he was running toward me. I wanted [the umpire] to see it because I don't know his view.
"It doesn't matter where your body is going to go, just hold onto the baseball," he added.
Pena's stellar defensive play helped the Tigers secure a much-deserved 2-1 victory at Safeco Field.