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Golson nails Carl Crawford at third to end the Yankees-Rays game

Sep 15, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

Pitcher fielding practice is pretty damn basic. Know what else is basic? Not making the third out at third base.  It’s something Brett Gardner forgot on Monday night when he was caught stealing third base to end a would-be Yankees scoring threat.  It’s also something Carl Crawford forgot when he got nailed at third trying to advance on a sac fly in the 10th inning, ending the ballgame.

Though maybe we should go easy on Crawford, because the throw that got him was an absolute humdinger. Watch Greg Golson in right field with the laser shot right here. It’s totally possible that will be the play of his life.

The kicker to that play is that even if Crawford makes it, he’s at third with two outs. Sure, a wild pitch or an infield hit could score him then, but the odds strongly favor the Rays needing and getting a solid base hit to score over those options. Crawford is damn fast. He can score from second. I realize that this is hindsight, but it strikes me that trying to move to third in that situation is too great a risk.

But those of us without a rooting interest have to enjoy it. There aren’t many plays in baseball more exciting than an outfielder killing the runner. Especially when the runner has jets like Carl Crawford does.

  1. okobojicat - Sep 15, 2010 at 9:48 AM

    How can you not love Brett Gardner after A.) he backs up that play, B.) acts like a freaking 3-year old on Christmas day who got a puppy AND a big wheel after the out. That was fantastic.

  2. Professor Longnose - Sep 15, 2010 at 9:57 AM

    Crawford may have been trying to make up for another mistake that inning, not tagging from first on a fly Granderson caught with his back to the wall with no one out. He could have made second easily, and the inning might then have been different.

  3. Joe - Sep 15, 2010 at 9:58 AM

    Rivera’s averaged one wild pitch every 80 games or so during his career, and he doesn’t have any this season. Which, of course, means he was due for one last night.

  4. CM_Wang - Sep 15, 2010 at 10:01 AM

    Greg Golson = Dorian Harewood.

  5. nps6724 - Sep 15, 2010 at 10:07 AM

    An error would’ve also scored him from 3rd. As fast as Crawford is and the depth of that ball, I would assume a tag there is rudimentary and should be an easy one. 99% of the time, he makes it safely. Give Golson credit for making an absolutely perfect throw that was not only a laser but right on target.

  6. YANKEES1996 - Sep 15, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    I was jumping around and cheering like at nut when Jorge hit the HR in the top of the tenth, but the Golson throw was the icing on the cake! Great throw from guy on a base runner with exceptional speed and a great double play to end the game. Both of the games in this series so far have been fantastic.

  7. Kelly - Sep 15, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    Gardner’s joy was so evident that even I felt happy when I saw it and I was pulling for the Rays.

  8. RickyB - Sep 15, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    I’m betting that Crawford had no idea how strong an arm Golson has. Golson caught the ball flat-footed with no momentum at all, then unleashed that pea-rod to third. Shocked the hell out of me. The ball wasn’t particularly deep, and if the right fielder were someone with a rep of having at least a half-way decent arm, Crawford wouldn’t have risked it.

  9. walk - Sep 15, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    Not chancing or making the first or last out at third base had been drilled into me since little league. But in carls defense that was an exceptional throw with an ace closer on the hill, forcing the action there and possibly getting a bad throw may well have been a high percent move as oppose to getting a two out hit on mo.

  10. The Real Shuxion - Sep 15, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    Good thing Swisher wasn’t there. The ball would slip out of his hand from all the douche leaking out of his skin.

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