Forget watching the Flying Wallendas. Stop the show on the Fosbury Flop. And go one step beyond the nimble antics of the Globetrotter's Meadowlark Lemon. Tuesday's colossal near-collision at the St. Louis Cardinal stadium home plate was one of baseball's most athletic, most unique, and most crowd pleasing 'west-of-the-Mississippi' moves ever.

Coghlan's tumble will quickly become baseball lore

A seventh inning walk put Chris Coghlan, the Toronto Blue Jay's outfielder, on first base. Next up, the Jay's Kevin Pillar blasts a shot off the right field wall.

As Coghlan heads for home, the Cardinal catcher Yadier Molina waits at the plate for the relay from right fielder Steven Piscotty.

What happens next can only best be described in slow motion. Molina leans over to scoop up the throw home. Coghlan nixes the idea of sliding or side circumventing Molina. Instead, he opts for acrobatics, decides to go airborne, and pivots up just high enough to soar evenly across Molina's back. (Think baseball's version of Jennifer Gray / Patrick Swayze / "Dirty Dancing" and the flying dance move.) Coghlan scores.

History is made, and the Jays end up winning the game in the 11th.

The beauty of baseball's replay

Baseball generally uses replay to confirm decisions made by umpires. Games can be won or lost depending on their decisions, and today's replay system is a tremendous aid to ensure that the calls made by field officials are on track. But for fans, replay is used for reasons altogether different than the purpose devised for umpires, coaches, and players.

Chris Coghlan's leap was spectacular. Not only did he leap, he also actually tumbled at the same time. Call it a baseball triple sow cow. Call it dangerous and unsafe. Or call it quirky and unorthodox. But the best term for it is baseball replay gold. It is a meme waiting to happen. It ranks right up there with Michael Jordan and his hanging tongue basketball pirouette shots and Roger Federer's between the leg tennis returns.

Baseball replay allows us to see that move again, and again, and again, and again. The Chicago Cubs Steve Bartman incident has been watched and re-watched millions of times by fans and non-fans. It is a glorious moment in baseball history. So, too, will be a utility player's surfboard leap over a seven-time gold glove winning Cardinal catcher.

Toronto will be standing for the National Anthem, singing during the seventh inning stretch, and replaying the Coghlan somersault at all Blue Jay home games from this point on.

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