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Jonathan Villar had a straight steal of home last night

Jul 31, 2013, 12:03 PM EDT

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You occasionally see those double steals where the catcher goes after the guy heading to second while the guy on third goes home. Technically, yes, a steal of home, but they really don’t feel like it.  

This, on the other and, from Jonathan Villar in last night’s Astros-Orioles game was pretty darn fantastic:

  1. bigblue86 - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    I saw the play on SC this morning… GREAT job by Villar by seizing the opportunity, but the pitcher is completely at fault also for not paying any attention to the base runner. You could see the his back was completely turned.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:00 PM

      Have you ever watched baseball before?

      The pitcher was Wei-Yin Chen, LEFT handed pitcher for the Orioles. Just how exactly do you think left handed pitchers throw with runners on?

      • dakotaandotter - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:19 PM

        Whether you’re a lefty or a righty you must always be aware at all times of the players on base. To just excuse the guy because he’s a lefty means a runner on third would never have a problem stealing home or that a runner on first against a right hander would have the same advantage.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 31, 2013 at 3:36 PM

        The comment wasn’t that he didn’t pay enough attention, or failed to look the runner back, or that he took too long to pitch (All of which were true here), the comment was that he had his back turned to the runner, which is sort of necessary for a left handed pitcher to pitch from the stretch. I’m all for criticizing when someone makes a mistake, but at the least let’s be accurate when we do so.

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    I thought Puig was going to do it against Pettitte last night. He took a running lead off of third with every pitch, but Hanley singled him home anyway.

  3. shaggylocks - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    A straight steal of home is rare, and it drives me crazy how much the folks in control of cutting back and forth between the cameras botch it when it happens. They sense something is going on and cut away to a different camera right at the moment when you want to see the action, and almost always to an unhelpful angle. I remember when Jacoby Ellsbury stole home a few years ago, it was the same thing. They need to take a few pointers from the old timers:

    • moogro - Jul 31, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      It’s awesome, but he really was out.

  4. tuloisgod - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    I saw Chris Nelson steal home for the Rockies against the Reds during a critical game in the pennant chase of 2010 (before the Rockies’ meltdown that has lingered to this day). Most exciting thing I’ve ever seen in baseball. BTW, my dad, a lifelong (Brooklyn) Dodgers’ fan, always privately conceded that Yogi had a good argument, and Jackie probably should have been called out.

    • mazblast - Jul 31, 2013 at 4:21 PM

      Nick Masset (the guy the Reds “stole” from the White sox for Griffey Jr.) was the Reds pitcher. He totally took his eye off Nelson, wandered behind the mound without bothering to call time out. Nelson made it without a problem. I know ballplayers don’t have to be geniuses to play the game well, but that was one where I just had to say, “How f***in’ dumb are you?”

      (and I was rooting for the Rockies)

  5. tuloisgod - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    Here’s Nelson’s steal of home …

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