Early Thursday afternoon, I was outside for a meal Running around. I got a phone call from my dad, who was sitting in the stands at PNC Park, watching his hometown Pittsburgh Pirates play the Chicago Cubs. My dad was in a hustle. He had to tell me that he had just watched “one of the worst baseball plays I’ve ever seen.” I was skeptical, but then I pulled a video of the play. He was not exaggerating. You have to see what the hackers did to believe:
With two at the top of the third inning and a man in second base, Javier Bayes of the Cubs hit a routine football field to third base. He threw Eric Gonzalez, the third base man for the pirates, off the line to first base. No big deal, usually. Senior base player Will Craig grabbed the ball and went to take Bayes out. It happens all the time. Báez, who was not content to be tagged, stopped and headed back towards the home plate.
“That’s so cute,” you might think while watching everything unfold.
The next logical step would be for Craig to simply turn around and touch first base, which would end the game. Bayes was running back to his home plate, where he was a runner It cannot be safe.
While all of that was going on, the runner at Second Base – Cubs Hunter, Wilson Contreras – kept yelling about the rules and taking a break home. As Craig chases Baes back toward the board, he notices Contreras slipping home and throwing the ball too late to clear it. Bayes even took time to make a “safe” move with his arms affirmed.
Of course, Contreras might have skipped the home plate, but never actually did Scored Until now. There were two teams in the first half, and Bayes still didn’t make it to first base. If the pirates were to simply get the ball to first base and touch the base before Bayes arrived, the run would not count, and the run would still be over. It would be somewhat embarrassing, but the pirates will be saved by baseball rules, which state that a runner cannot score when he is knocked out of third place in a power game.
Unfortunately, this was not what happened. Craig, the first pirate policeman, left his station, and there was no one to catch a shot from catcher Michael Perez. Second base captain Adam Frazier ran to base, and Perez threw a ball in his direction, but it went to the field. Not only did this give Bayes the first base, but the time to run to it The second base And he put himself in the registration center while the cubs’ hideout laughed hysterically. At this moment the whole world was Anthony Rizzo:
With the half extended, Bayes scored in the next match, when he was knocked out by Ian Hub from the Cubs with one song. The Pirates ended up losing 5-3, which means the two halves resulting from that failure were crucial. To rub more salt into the wound, Hub is a Pittsburgh native (and my old high school classmate!) Who grew up as a Pirates fan.
I myself am a pirate fan. This team has been awful for most of my life, but last week sums up the pirate experience better than any other. Last Friday, I went to a match in Atlanta, where the Pirates were playing the brave ones. I watched my hometown team lose 20-1. Bad game, but not rock bottom: I’ve already seen pirates lose by a greater margin (0–20) In 2010, when I was in high school. Nothing could be more embarrassing than Which – which.
Until the pirates outdid themselves again.
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