This is Alex Gordon fouling off a ball right into … himself. Gordon’s reaction is one you would expect from a man who just sent a baseball flying straight into his groin. Matt Wieters feels for him and also reacts accordingly. What this GIF does not show, however, is Gordon’s subsequent reaction after the initial shock that comes from hitting yourself in the crotch with a baseball has passed:
Alex Gordon is smiling. The fact that he can smile after such an occurrence is proof that a) he doesn’t take himself too seriously and is able to laugh at himself after recognizing the sheer absurdity of the situation and b) he is probably made of some kind of steel or titanium alloy.
This season is shaping up to be a big one for nether regions getting hit by baseballs, and if there’s one quote to summarize why crotch shots will continue to mesmerize and amuse humankind for all eternity, it’s this: "But the ball! His groin! It works on so many levels!"