It looks like one of those lucky basketball shots from half court where a random fan sinks a basket and wins a bucket of cash. The broken bat seems to laser in on the $90,000 TV camera lens. Pow!
The cameraman never saw it coming. He was watching the runner, naturally.
Here's the video, such as it is.
(I also got a chuckle out of cameraman Steve Angel's quote in the NYT article. "I'm a big guy, but not a tough guy," he said. Ditto, brother.)
Estimated repair cost to the lens: $20,000, unless it's more. I'll try to think about that next time I'm moaning about what DSLR lenses cost.
I'd love to see the video being taken with the camera as the bat hits, too, which apparently was broadcast. But I can't find it anywhere. ("Exclusive property of MLB," etc., probably.) For the rest of the game, Steve reportedly zoomed all the way in and shot as best he could through the hole in the lens—and the director sometimes cut to him, too.
(Thanks to Adam McAnaney)
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