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Holy schnikes! Jack Wilson made a heck of a play last night

Apr 5, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

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At this point I’ll offer my usual “man, I wish MLB.com let you embed their videos because it would be awesome to have this circulated to people who think baseball is boring” rant.

There, with that out of the way, check out the play Jack Wilson made in last night’s Ms-Rangers game. It’s a double play, and I’m not sure how he he even remained standing let alone got the bag at second and made the throw.

Wilson is a shortstop by trade, of course. I certainly don’t know any natural second basemen who make that play.

  1. cur68 - Apr 5, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Jack Wilson is a natural athlete, with excellent instincts, and rhythm. I wish he were scrappier.

    • paperlions - Apr 5, 2011 at 1:52 PM

      A scrappy player doesn’t make that play. As far as I can tell “scrappy” describes a player that tries really hard, still fails or is below average, and is lauded for the effort while the failure is ignored. So, a scrappy player either doesn’t field that ball or he fields it but can’t make a throw…no matter what, a scrappy player winds up in the dirt on that play.

      • cur68 - Apr 5, 2011 at 3:47 PM

        paperlions: I agree but your evident logic leaves me no traction for paradigm change. Paradigm change never rests!

      • paperlions - Apr 5, 2011 at 4:40 PM

        There may be some optimum level of scrappiness that can be incorporated into an athletic/talented player. For example, if Wilson had fallen at the end of the play and got dirt all over his uniform, that would make him “scrappier”, but still good.

      • cur68 - Apr 5, 2011 at 4:49 PM

        “Optimum scrappiness?” That’s a hell of a nerdilicious thing to say there lions. Better polish up that pocket protector if that’s how you’re going to roll. :)
        However, you do provide some traction for paradigm change (which never rests); Willie Mays fell down after that terrific 1954 World Series catch. So here we can now add “Optimum Scrappiness, to natural athlete, with excellent instincts, and rhythm” to Mr. May’s legend. Ayup. He was ballplayer, that Willie Mays.

  2. dodger88 - Apr 5, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Sweet and legit without a stupid phantom tag of the bag either. Great effort.

  3. shawnuel - Apr 5, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Wilson grew up playing a lot of soccer which certainly hasn’t hurt his footwork. That play was unbelievable but virtually no one calling the game recognized how great it was until a moment after it happened. All the calls were fairly uninspired, especially Ron Fairly’s (rim shot).

  4. roycethebaseballhack - Apr 5, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    It was freakin’ nuts. One of those plays that I was glad I got to see on TV, because The Rangers’ broadcast folks replayed it about a dozen times. They (Tom Grieve and John Rhadigan), were pretty impressed. It will very likely be on those, ‘2011 Season Defensive High Lights’, shows they run during the Hot Stove months.

  5. JB (the original) - Apr 5, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Awesome play showing great awareness. I’m not sure whether it’s “scrappy” or “Jeter-like” though…..*

    *”Jeter-like” meaning the way he makes it looks so smooth and natural/easy, not to be confused with “Jeter-like”, in which the ball would have to be hit half as hard, you’d have to convince him that “the play ‘could’ be made” before getting him to move towards the ball, and Jim Thome would have to be the baserunner.

  6. JB (the original) - Apr 5, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    arrghhh, not to be confused with “Jeter-ish”… (damn lack of an edit button)

  7. bringpudgebacktotx - Apr 5, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    I was at this game last night, and it truly was a remarkable play. It was almost like Wilson tripped over second while trying to catch his balance enough to make the throw to first.

    He’s a really great infielder.

    • marinersnate - Apr 5, 2011 at 3:03 PM

      It was a great play by Jack. The feeling in Marinersland is that Wilson is just a place holder at 2B for Ackley who is due in the Bigs probably in June. The thought is that they are trying to show that he can play 2B and SS so they may be able to get something useful for him at the deadline. (Hope springs eternal). Ryan is probably the long term SS going forward.

      Not sure if you will be at tonight’s game or not, but if you are watch the kid that is the starting pitcher for Seattle. Pineda looks like he has the stuff to become the real deal. When I saw him in AAA last year, the kid was lights out. He may get blown out as tonight is his first MLB start, but he reminds me a little bit of what Texas will have when Feliz is in their rotation.

      Now, if Cruz will just quit going yard……….

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