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A.J. Pierzynski scores on fielder’s indifference… wait, what?

Aug 12, 2012, 5:11 PM EDT

A.J. Pierzynski

That’s the way Yahoo! wrote it up, obviously not knowing how else to describe it. The way I see it, A.J. Pierzynski was heads up, while the A’s had their heads up their you know whats.

In the seventh inning Sunday of the game between the White Sox and A’s, Alexei Ramirez hit a grounder to short with Pierzynski on first and none out. Third baseman Adam Rosales and shortstop Cliff Pennington came together on the play, but a major collision was avoided and Pennington still managed to throw out Ramirez at first.

What happened afterwards was pure Little League. Pierzynski noticed no one was covering third and took the base. And then he noticed no one was covering home after catcher Derek Norris followed the play to first base. First baseman Chris Carter had his head down and didn’t see it until too late, and though he tried to race Pierzynski to the plate, Pierzynski had too much of a head start.

Here’s the clip.

While there was plenty of blame to be spread around on the play, the majority of it needs to go to pitcher Evan Scribner, who was just standing around by the mound instead of backing up one of the bases. Norris, too, probably should have been able to make his way back home in the time that Pierzynski was advancing two bases. It was just a mess all around.

  1. hyde4us11 - Aug 12, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Aramis Ramirez? lol

  2. hushbrother - Aug 12, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Alexei Ramirez. Aramis plays for the Brewers.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Aug 12, 2012 at 5:28 PM

      I had that fixed within like 30 seconds of posting… damn, you guys are quick :)

  3. dadawg77 - Aug 12, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    After watching play it took me a few moment’s get over the shock then again AJ has had more then his fair share of strange plays and this one may not be the strangest.

  4. term3186 - Aug 12, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Man thats worse than that Astros play from the other day. At least they were TRYING to get the guy out.

  5. jlovenotjlo - Aug 12, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Worth nothing he was stealing 2nd on the play, making it easier for him to quickly round 2nd and head to 3rd base.

    Add this one to the long list of Pierzynski’s heads-up plays throughout his career. Hate him all you want, but the man can take advantage of any baseball situation.

  6. imthedudedude - Aug 12, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    I hate how the clips never load on the phone.. Wtf

  7. gmsalpha - Aug 12, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    I didn’t realize the Sox were playing the Astros.

    But seriously, really head’s up play by AJ. It takes two to tango, and had Pierzynski not been so opportunistic OR the A’s been so mentally checked out, this would never have happened, but it shows that even at the highest level of the game, there are those players who are mentally sharp and those who aren’t. It’s a matter of taking advantage when those opportunities arise, and kudos to AJP for doing so.

  8. lessick - Aug 13, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    Crazy play–I was at the game–visiting the midwest and first time at US Cellular. The catcher actually was on third base, presumably because the pitcher fell asleep by not covering third and then later by not covering home.

  9. crackersnap - Aug 13, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Why the heck don’t the A’s ever play like complete knuckleheads when they face the Angels?

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