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Astros GIF: The Legend Of Paul Clemens

On April 16, 2013, against the Oakland Athletics a Houston Astros legend was born his name, Paul Clemens.


So if you didn't get a chance to see the Astros game Monday night or switched it off after Erik Bedard dug the Astros a 6-0 hole in the first inning you missed what could be the start of a legend. In the bottom of the sixth inning Nate Freiman hit a ball up the middle.

Paul Clemens made an ill advised play for the ball:

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The ball bounced off his fingers and headed up the middle. Fortunately, Ronny Cedeno, signed for his defense, made a nice adjustment on the ball and threw out Freiman at first:


At the end of the play we find that Clemens had the ball more than just glance off his fingers. WARNING: If you're squeamish about fingers pointing in the wrong direction stop here....

That's right, the ball readjusted the pinky finger on Clemens right-hand in an entirely different direction:

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Of course Bo Porter and the training staff made a mound visit and popped the finger back in to place then listened to Clemens make a case for staying in the game and you know what he did. After suffering the injury Paul Clemens got Micheal Taylor to ground out to Jose Altuve. A Legend was born and so was a nickname....

Paul "Pinky" Clemens