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May
23
2007

Another Reason I Love Baseball

By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (2) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Jack Cobra Archive

 Apparently the YouTube clip is not working, so you get a nice picture:

AP Photo/Julie Jacobson

Being a former middle infielder this happened to me quite a few times. Since I can be a bit of a bastard, I had the same reaction as Red Sox Second Baseman Dustin Pedroia:

"It was a little cheap but no big deal. I'll remember. I play second base. I've got to turn two with the Yankees 19 times a year, so I know now when he's coming in, my (arm) slot gets dropped to the floor. That's it."

In case you didn't know, baserunners are given a lot of leeway as to what they can do in a situation like that. First of all, they only need to stay within 'arm's length' of the base, on both sides. Second, they can slide all the way up to the bag (most people slide quite a ways in front of the bag). Third, if you know it's going to be a double play, you can veer off out of the baseline (not the case here). There are a lot of things baserunners can do.

If you want to come into second hard by sliding after the bag, throwing elbows and or sliding out of the baseline it's usually taken as a personal attack on the person trying to make the turn (ss/2b). When runners do things like that people tend to come down with broken/sprained ankles and bum knees. It's not fun.

So, to keep that from happening the SS/2b can come across the bag and 'drop down' on their throw to first. This places the throw directly at the esophogus at the baserunner. Have you ever been hit in the throat with a 90 mph baseball? I haven't, but I assume it's not fun.

More than anything, I like Pedroia's reaction because it shows that baseball players police themselves and the game. While it can get out of hand at times, when it is done correctly, it is a thing of beauty.


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2 Comments
Hot Tub said

I like that this adds to the heated rivalry. I fear however, that this incident will give ESPN YET ANOTHER excuse to show the Red Sox and Yankees on every MLB broadcast they air (or at least their average of 95% of the time). Although I spoil myself with the MLB Extra Innings package, I still cringe every time a game is on ESPN and at least one of those teams is playing. It is a bit ridiculous. NESN and the YES Network exist to broadcast them to the northeast...ESPN shouldn't have to usurp that with wall-to-wall coverage. I think there are some pretty good teams (Anaheim, Detroit, Cleveland, Minnesota, etc) that deserve some national airtime. Boo ESPN Boo.

Thank you Mr Cobra for the opportunity to rant on the subject!

Ryan said

Best A-Rod/Sox incident had to be a couple of years ago when he tried to slap the ball out of Bronson Arroyo's glove on his way to first. After the game A-Rod called it a "brilliant play."


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