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Watch Carlos Beltran throw out Josh Beckett at first

Sep 13, 2012, 11:19 PM EDT

Josh Beckett slapped what figured to be a single into right field in the third inning Thursday against the Cardinals. Carlos Beltran had other plans. He threw out Beckett at first base on the play.

As you can see, Beckett did run out of the box, and he only pulled up at the end when he realized the throw was going to beat him. It wasn’t a lack of hustle on his part; it was just the combination of a well-hit ball, a slow runner, and a very good throw from an excellent outfielder who was playing shallow.

  1. emauro28 - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    Great link to video, buy a 10 app

    • Matthew Pouliot - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:42 PM

      Sorry, it’s still a gameday video link. Hoping the Cards provide a link on their video page soon.

  2. Glenn - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    All true, but it is somewhat satisfying as a Red Sox fan to see Beckett make an out usually reserved for a Little League girls softball game.

    • 18thstreet - Sep 14, 2012 at 7:54 AM

      I was ready to pile on Beckett — I was sure he had to be blamed for leaving the batters’ box slowly or walking up the line. But he didn’t do either of those things.

      Credit to Beltran and to Craig, at first, for being ready for it. There’s a lot of hitters who, under those circumstances, would have been thrown out.

      All that said: thanks again, Dodgers. Red Sox Nation thanks you.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Sep 14, 2012 at 9:22 AM

        You’re welcome. Beckett threw okay yesterday, as he has his other Dodgers starts.

        Here’s to Josh having a successful 2013-2014 and then we can refocus on what makes playing in Boston so difficult in terms of achieving happiness.

      • dwrek5 - Sep 14, 2012 at 11:05 AM

        Very true. Hard hit right to a guy with a good arm. A lot of guys get thrown out there, being Beckett just makes it more enjoyable.

      • bigleagues - Sep 14, 2012 at 11:52 AM

        HUH? Did you guys NOT see Beckett go into trot about 25 feet from the bag?

        Yeah, he hustled out of the box, but he gave up on it. He most definitely did NOT give that 100%.

        And I disagree that a lot of hitters would have been thrown out on that. It might have been a close play on many other batters.

        But Beckett is the antithesis of fast and he cannot afford to let up at all on any ball he puts in play.

        But not giving a 100% is who he is now. And he’s not changing. He’ll tell ya that himself.

  3. spudatx - Sep 14, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    (insert fried chicken and beer jokes here)

  4. pisano - Sep 14, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    He’s even slower when he’s on the mound, thank God he’s out of the AL east. The NL has to deal with his slow motion antics.

  5. sometimesimisscandlestick - Sep 14, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    I saw Jack Clark make that same play in right many years ago. If you play the batter correctly and have a decent arm…

    • sdsockers - Sep 14, 2012 at 3:00 AM

      I saw Dave Winfield do the same thing once, when he played for the Padres. Also a clean hit, the runner wasn’t lagging, Winfield just came in on the ball, picked it and threw it in one motion.

      Winfield also hit the hardest line drive I ever saw. Pulled a line shot down the third base line. The third baseman ducked, because the ball would’ve killed him. The ball ended up a Home Run, over the left field wall, in old San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium.

  6. hockeyflow33 - Sep 14, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    It must be tough to be in shape when that’s what you’re paid to do

  7. theawesomersfranchise - Sep 14, 2012 at 2:59 AM

    Andre Dawson would have runners breaking out of the box lickity-split when he was in rightfield

  8. cktai - Sep 14, 2012 at 5:07 AM

    I don’t recall ever seeing someone put so much effort into running so slowly.

    • chumthumper - Sep 14, 2012 at 9:25 AM

      Dizzy Dean would say he’s just as fast as the other players; he’s just stays in one place too long.

  9. tfbuckfutter - Sep 14, 2012 at 7:55 AM

    Run fatty, run!

  10. psunick - Sep 14, 2012 at 8:23 AM

    Anyone know why Harold Reynolds of MLB Network thinks this play is “weak”?

    He’s made that comment when Francouer does it, etc etc…

    • normswifevera - Sep 14, 2012 at 8:55 AM

      In a situation where the runner is safe 99 times out of 100, he seems to think the runner should still get the base even on the 1 exception. Probably still post-traumatic stress from Bo Jackson throwing him out.

      • sportsdrenched - Sep 14, 2012 at 10:42 AM

        That has got to be my favorite Bo Jackson play. That or anytime he broke a bat over his knee..

    • hansob - Sep 14, 2012 at 10:21 AM

      My son did this twice in one inning playing RF in little league baseball this year. I told him to stop, and just throw it to the cutoff man. But he’s 8 years old, and playing about 40 feet from first base. It’s fair game when your age reaches double digits.

  11. sj39 - Sep 14, 2012 at 8:25 AM

    ” It wasn’t a lack of hustle on his part”. Um, yeah, Ok.

  12. danaking - Sep 14, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    I’m old enough to remember Roberto Clemente pulling that off at least once a year. He’s also get a runner or two a year by throwing behind them when they made the turn at first. You always paid attention on balls hit to right when Clemente was out there.

    • chumthumper - Sep 14, 2012 at 9:28 AM

      I saw Clemente do that at a Cards game. The man was awesome.

  13. koufaxmitzvah - Sep 14, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Congrats, Boston fans. I understand so much more now than I ever did before.

    My father and I would both like to thank you also. Him being a Yankee, and myself being a Dodger, we often would speak above and beyond each other in terms of baseball. But now we’ve found a similarity to hang onto: the obtuseness of Boston fans. Just in time for the new year.

    L’Shana Tova and Toda Raba.

  14. moogro - Sep 14, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    He’s difficult to watch and like. You just knew he was getting lazy and doomed when he shook off the sign and threw a second straight breaking ball. Lead off double for Craig, then game over. And Donnie never knows when to pull him.

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