WATCH: Boston Red Sox pull off amazing first base to pitcher play for out

  • David Whitlock

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


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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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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