What are the odds?
If you always thought of softball as inferior to baseball players, you’ll want to see what Renaud Lefort of the Montreal softball team Les 4 Chevaliers is capable of.
The team claims to play in the “style of the Harlem Globetrotters,” which may seem a bit incongruous with the situational nature of softball…until you watch this video.
If you’re wondering what a Harlem Globetrotters-type approach to softball looks like, here it is – a behind-the-back home run, hit like it’s no big thing at all.
Now the comparison becomes a little more clear, doesn’t it? But there’s just one difference, whereas the Globetrotters had the Washington Generals, a hapless team of patsies intended to lose, Les 4 Chevaliers plays real teams who are actually trying to win. The opposing pitcher wasn’t in on the gag for this one.
Once you lift your jaw and re-watch the clip, you’ll see how this actually went down. Lefort actually was batting with aright-handed in the right-side batter’s box, usually reserved for left-handed batters.
That means that his back was facing both the plate and the pitch flying over it, requiring that BIG behind-the-back rotation to make contact.
Perhaps that giant wind-up with the bat is his secret to getting some distance on the ball. Still, I don’t think we’ll see many pros adopting this mind-bending strategy anytime soon.