Friday, April 13, 2007

I forgave Lonnie Smith tonight.

Not much to say after you get two-hit by the Nationals, it happens... I guess... so instead, let's concentrate on the worst baserunning play I've ever seen. Ever.


Now I've seen a lot of screwed up baserunning in my day. I saw Lonnie Smith have a brainfart courtesy of Chuck Knoblauch in the '91 World Series. I saw Cardinals third base coach Jose Oquendo throw his hands up in disgust as Jeff Suppan got stuck between third base and home plate without a clue. But I have never... EVER... seen anything as bad as what I saw in the ninth inning of tonight's Twins-Devil Rays game.

Here's the situation (until this gem gets on the YouTubes)...

2-2 game in the top of the ninth... Carl Crawford at the plate with no outs and Ben Zobrist (Devil Rays SS) on first. Crawford rips a ball to the right field fence. Crawford, a speedy fellow with a penchant for triples, runs directly to third base, not realizing that D-Rays third base coach Tom Foley (who lives in a van down by the river) has held Zobrist at third. Zobrist decides to nonchalantly stride to home plate, while Twins second baseman Luis Castillo duns the ball to Joe Mauer to get Zobrist in a rundown.

Not terrible... it's unfortunate, it happens. The Devil Rays will still have a runner on third with one out. Any fly ball will score the speedy Crawford from third.

EXCEPT, Crawford (who is literally standing on third base at this point) decides to run back to second base. Zobrist, who officially mailed in the rundown, gets tagged out by catcher Joe Mauer, who then has plenty of time to toss the ball to second base to tag out Crawford. 9-4-2-6 double play. Justin Morneau leads off the bottom of the inning with a walk-off home run, Twins win 3-2.

Sure, it wasn't a World Series game. Hell, we're still only in the second week of the season. But after all these years filled with Devil Ray losses, their fans don't deserve to have their team lose a game in this fashion. Shouldn't they be able to two-hit a good team every once in a while too?

(By the way, the Florida Lottery Play 4 tonight was 9-4-2-6. And that's not even true!)

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

All things considered, had Crawford sprinted back to second instead of jogging he might have made it. And he had a chance to rob Morneau's walk-off bomb

Grimey said...

But why sprint back to second when you are STANDING ON THIRD?

Anonymous said...

I'm not saying it was a good decision to go back to second...obviously it wasnt. But after he decided to go back to second, he probably would've made it had he put a little effort into it. He's one of the fastest, if not THE fastest, guy in the league. And Zobrist should've never left third either. And what was the third base coach doing? Every Devil Ray involved in the play is at fault.

Anonymous said...

The reason why Zobrist left third base is because Crawford was already at third base. Crawford being the fastest player in the league is much more likely to score on a sacrifice fly than Zobrist. Zobrist realized Crawford's speed, assumed that Crawford would stay at third, and then made the decision to leave the base knowing that he would be forced out. Zobrist made the right decision so don't blame him.

Anonymous said...

that's giving an awful lot of credit to Zobrist'sts intelligence, but I suppose it's possible. One thing for sure: Crawford was retarded. And yeah, I have Crawford on my fantasy team, and I also have Wigginton who was due up next and would've gotten an RBI. So no, I'm not bitter.

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