Re: Run Quintin, run
posted at 9/19/2013 1:55 PM EDT
In response to notin's comment:
WEll, not just a base stealer, although it does help.
But his speed, and more important, base running skills enable himto score more readily from second on a single or from first on a double.
And the baserunning skill is very important as opposed to speed alone. Anyone who doubts that needs to be reminded of Clay Buchholz' - who is VERY fast and was recruited be a few Division I football programs as a wideout, including Texas and Notre Dame - and his very ill-fated attempt as a pinch runner.
To set the stage, Francona sent Buchholz out to second in the ninth inning of a one run deficit. Buchholz completely misjudged LF David Murphy's attempt on a flyball and wound up failing to score from second on a double. (The Sox did still rally big in the ninth and win the game regardless.)
Berry would never make such a simple mistake as that.
And I think for emphasis in this case, the word "never" needs more r's. Something like "Berry would NEVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR make such a simple mistake as that."
It's the Rs, right? Or do I need more Vs?
That play with Buchholz running wasn't terrible.He was on 2nd,and when the ball was hit it looked as though Murphy had a GOOD chance of catching it.That's why he was dancing in between the bases.Once he saw it wasn't caught,he turned on the jets.Then,it took a perfect throw from the Micheal Young (cut off man) to barely get Buchholz at the plate.
It seems as though everyone remembers it as a horrible play by Buchholz,I just don't think it was all that bad,but that's just my opinion.
Here's the video of the play: