WATCH: Boston Red Sox pull off amazing first base to pitcher play for out
If there is one play that first baseman and pitchers make look easy, it’s the execution of the grounder to first, toss to a running pitcher to almost always get the runner by a step. Practiced all spring and usually uneventful.
Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Carp, after an amazing stop, made it a bit more complicated. In this case it was a stop of a sure single to his left, get back to his feet and sprint toward the rolling ball then swat it with the glove toward the bag. Then pitcher Burke Badenhop at full speed dives over the bag for the rolling ball while deftly keeping contact with the bag with his foot. And umpire “Cowboy” Joe West on the call. Watch it all unfold (via MLB.com)
In the morning paper it’s just a 3-1 ground out. That’s why we watch games instead of just reading papers.
– David Whitlock
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