Instead, Peña says, he just had a case of wandering feet.
Peña appeared to be in perfect position to tag out Napoli in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday, but a last-second shift of his feet — along with Napoli's great limbo slide to get low as possible — led to a safe call and the winning run for the Texas Rangers.
Peña, via the Kansas City Star, said he simply lost track of where he was in relation to the plate.
"No, I thought I had home plate covered," Peña said. "When I was ready to tag him, I saw he was a little bit closer to (the plate) than I thought. I feel terrible about it. It was a mistake."
"No," he insisted. "I know you have to ask that question, but no. That's part of my job — to go out there and get hit. I just really thought I had home plate blocked. But I guess not."
Admittedly, that wasn't the first thought I had. But if Peña says he wasn't worried — he is 29 years old and has logged 229 career major league games as a catcher — then fair enough.
As this GIF shows, Peña's reaction was epically awesome.
I counted three 360-degree turns (that's 1,080 degrees!). That includes a 360 as Napoli spilled him at the plate, along with 720 more breakdancing degrees on the spins — and ball spike on home plate — in reaction to umpire Mike Estabrook's call.
Yo, he just got served, yo.
Umpires often give fielders the benefit of the doubt on plays at second base — the "neighborhood play," it's called — but no such luck for the Royals here.
The reaction of closer Joakim Soria(notes) — his hands locked above his head in incredulous mourning — also will go down in history. Hey, someone also needs to look into why Soria has blown four saves in 11 opportunities. I'd hang my hands above my head, too.
But I'd rather go breakdancing.