Ahhh, the old take a hit to make a play. Sometimes a quarterback stands in the pocket and takes a shot to the ribs to deliver a strike down field. Sometimes a hockey player gets crushed into the boards after beating out an icing. Sometimes a basketball player dunks it off his own skull. Sometimes a baseball player steals second and takes a helmet to his shoulder blades after accidentally punting it straight up in the air about 30 feet back.
I have to disagree with the MLB here. I know that the trajectory of an object is more of a physics question, but I am going to have to assume that this is a calculus issue because that's the only time I have been this wrong about a math or science problem. This has got to be one of those funky camera angles, because what I just saw doesn't even come close to computing in my head. I simply can't believe that's the same helmet. The possibility that someone gunned another helmet to him from the dugout seems more likely than the possibility of the helmet he booted into outer space boomeranging back around and clunking him in the spine a second and a half later. In my mind the helmet that he horse kicked is set to land 5 feet from first base next Tuesday so I don't know where this other helmet came from. Momentum my ass, if that's the same helmet then that thing is cursed. They need to hold a ritualistic burning and bury it's ashes outside city limits because no good can come from keeping it around your players.
P.S. I'd rather be the guy claiming that something that very clearly happened is impossible then one of the jerkoffs tweeting scientific theorems at the MLB social media consultant. Good God, get a hobby...