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Jerry Hairston Jr. could have killed Josh Wilson

Aug 18, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

Jerry Hairston Jr. AP

They tell us the Brewers have been doing all of the little things right while winning 19 of their last 21 games.  Today, they did a little thing wrong and it could have had big consequences.

With men on first and third in the bottom of the third inning of the game against the Dodgers, Jerry Hairston Jr. was given the sign to try a suicide squeeze and Josh Wilson took off for home plate with the pitch.

Hairston, though, missed the sign and instead hit a hard-grounder to third baseman Aaron Miles, which turned into a 5-4-3 double play, ending the inning for Clayton Kershaw.

Fortunately, Hairston’s grounder passed harmlessly about 10 feet wide of Wilson.  If could have done some real damage if it had been right at him or, potentially much worse, if it was instead a line drive.

Hairston, who was just acquired at the end of last month and who apparently still lacks familiarity with the Brewers’ signs, was caught completely off-guard afterwards and had no idea the squeeze was on.  He got a talking to in the dugout afterwards, so he’ll likely pick up on it next time.

  1. mianfr - Aug 18, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    He’d only kill a man.

  2. easports82 - Aug 18, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    Yikes. Pretty scary running down the line on a squeeze play only to watch the batter not square up.

  3. dodger88 - Aug 18, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    Isn’t this the second such incident this year?

    • skipperxc - Aug 18, 2011 at 5:17 PM

      That’s nothing, it’s the second time for the Brewers in this series. Yuni did the same thing with Fielder running just a couple days ago. Didn’t hit it anywhere near Prince I don’t think, though.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 18, 2011 at 5:48 PM

        Wait wait wait, Fielder was running on a squeeze play at home? WTF

  4. pbsenerchia - Aug 18, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    Yup – Wilson Ramos almost killed Michael Morse.

  5. kopy - Aug 18, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    The Cardinals did this not too long ago. Poor lil’ Nicky Punto was busting down the line and flinched like crazy when the batter (don’t remember who) squared one up and let ‘er rip. Luckily for the Cards, it ended up being a 4-3 RBI ground out.

    • sknut - Aug 18, 2011 at 4:54 PM

      There’s some Twins fans that would have been fine with that outcome.

      /Sarcasm/

  6. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 18, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    While not 100% inaccurate, isn’t the headline a bit of an exaggeration? I mean, sure, he COULD HAVE killed Josh Wilson with a batted ball, but he also could have killed the pitcher, the guy on deck, the base coach, a fan in the stands etc etc.

    ‘JHJr Missed A Sign’ isn’t as sexy but it more accurately captures the on field events, dontcha think?

    • Matthew Pouliot - Aug 18, 2011 at 4:09 PM

      Uh oh, they’re on to us.

      My rule of thumb is to play it straight with the headlines to the important news and have some fun with the lesser stuff. If I posted an entry titled “Hairston missed a sign,” 14 people would have read it. This will probably get 10 times as many hits!

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 21, 2011 at 8:21 PM

        Well then go ahead an post, AROD COULD HAVE MURDERED JETER. They are after all, always in the same room as each other, and ARod COULD just pick up a bat if he felt like it…

  7. dlindstedt2 - Aug 18, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    Texas. Get a statue honoring this play going right NOW

    • Gobias Industries - Aug 18, 2011 at 4:50 PM

      Good one, dick.

  8. macjacmccoy - Aug 19, 2011 at 2:16 AM

    Come on with the shock headline…. what actually happened and the pictured u painted with the headline isnt even close.

    Justin Upton almost killed Vance Worley today too.

    If the ball would have been hit 10 yards to the left and hit a lot lower and straighter he would have hit Worley right in the throat. But he was lucky it was only a pop up.

    Your Headline is about as close to what really happened as mine.

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