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A-Rod and Joe Buck showcased the dangers of a live, on-air high-five

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The high-five is a baseball staple. In fact, according to some, it was Dusty Baker, along with teammate Glenn Burke, who invented the high-five. Unfortunately, as A-Rod and Joe Buck discovered during Saturday's Angels-Mets broadcast, that's no guarantee that the on-field hand-clapping skills translate to the broadcast booth. 

For anyone who has ever gone in for a hand shake on a fist bump, this should be a familiar scene: 

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This is actually the simple result of high-five mechanics breaking down: Rodriguez thought he had room for the nonchalant backhand high-five. But because Buck has one of the largest high-five extensions among broadcasters, the perceived velocity A-Rod needed was all wrong. Hence, the need to throw his right hand across his body -- a move that not only looks awkward, but puts undo stress on the high-five elbow. 

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