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Lastings Milledge got deked by fireworks

May 7, 2010, 8:16 AM EDT

Lastings Milledge Pirates.jpgCan’t say I’ve ever seen this one before. In the fourth inning of last night’s Pirates-Cubs game, Lastings Milledge launched a ball towards left field.  The fireworks fired! The music played! Lastings began to circle the bases and . . . got tagged out between second and third.  Wha?

Seems that the ball merely bounced off the wall.  You can watch it here. Obviously whoever is in charge of the music and pyrotechnics jumped the gun a little.  After the game Milledge admitted that he was watching the sky and not the umpires’ signal, saying “I never thought that it didn’t go out because the music was playing and
the fireworks.”

Given that (a) the announcer thought it was gone too and (b) the Pirates had a 10-0 lead at the time we can classify this as a venial sin instead of a mortal one, but really Lastings: next time watch for the umpire to twirl his finger around in the air. I promise that they’ll let you trot on home if you stop on second and it does turn out to be a homer.

  1. yossarian - May 7, 2010 at 8:35 AM

    Just another case of lack of hustle on the part of—
    Okay, wait, stop. I’m kidding. I kid. I don’t think we need to revisit that topic again so soon.

  2. Dan Novick - May 7, 2010 at 9:11 AM

    “but really Lastings: next time watch for the umpire to twirl his finger around in the air”
    Honestly, though, who EVER does that? You can’t expect people to suddenly stare down the umpire while they’re circling the bases.

  3. Craig Calcaterra - May 7, 2010 at 9:14 AM

    If you didn’t see the ball actually go over the wall you had better be watching the ump. And based on what Lastings did, he obviously didn’t see it go over the wall.
    Fans don’t watch the umps give the HR signal, but players do.

  4. Old Gator - May 7, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    The spirit of Marv Throneberry is smiling down on Lastings Milledge in benevolent approbation.

  5. Bill Buckner - May 7, 2010 at 11:16 AM

    If it were only that simple to blame firewaorks……….

  6. Wooden U. Lykteneau - May 7, 2010 at 11:16 AM

    Speak for yourself, Craig. Fans do. Spectators don’t.

  7. DC - May 7, 2010 at 11:39 AM

    Pathetic at best.

  8. Paul C - May 7, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    If everytime you see a home run you also see fireworks and hear music, there’s a certain association that starts to happen. He thought he got all of it, he saw the appropriate home run environment, he thought it was gone. Being a little hard on him I think. But apparently it’s par for the course to call a black dude out for not hustling – http://www.walkoffwalk.com/2010/05/why-do-only-minority-players-s.html

  9. Ed - May 7, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Lastings is really doing well in the Burgh. He has exhibited hard work on the field in games and practice. The pay-off for that is forgiveness for the rare lapse. In the past, he had not built up enough capital to cash-in when these situations arose. When a player is a slacker, it fits a pattern and fans get angry. When the player is a hustler and a team guy, the fans laugh it off(especially when the score is 10-0!) Fortunately, Lastings has earned a spot in the latter category.

  10. Mark C - May 7, 2010 at 4:16 PM

    The ball being played by the outfield with a throw back to the infield would be an indication to any batter/runner that something is amiss. Any batter/runner who sees that automatically looks to the umpire to see what his call was and stays at second base until he knows for sure. On a ball hit to left field the play is in front of him as he heads towards second base. It’s his own fault for assuming.

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