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Wakeup Call: Hey, remember when Evan Longoria saved a reporter from a line drive?

Sep 30, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

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Considering Evan Longoria’s heroics on Wednesday night for the Rays, I thought it would be a good time to revisit this. When this video was released back in May we immediately declared shenanigans: in which Longoria appeared to save a reporter from a batting practice line drive with a bare-handed catch. And in fact, it was later revealed to be bogus — a viral video ad campaign for Gillette. Even so, after his walk-off homer against the Yankees, does anyone now not believe that Longoria indeed has magical powers?

Call it the Summer of Evan. First this video went nuts on YouTube, then Longoria was in the news for flirting on Twitter with Alex Morgan of the U.S. women’s soccer team. Then, of course, this:

source: Reuters

Video fun fact: A bunch of people react to Longoria making the catch, cheering and hooting their approval. But not one of them yelled “Look out!” as the ball was heading toward him.

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ABOUT LAST NIGHT

Headline of the day so far: Cops: Man arrested for exposing himself blames pants (also includes the mug shot of the day so far) …

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TODAY IN MARK TRAIL

Oh for Christ’s sake Mark, it’s just a raccoon. Come back you cowardly twit.