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News Flash: Billy Hamilton was thrown out stealing

Sep 25, 2013, 2:19 PM EDT

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Well, it had to happen eventually. I just didn’t think it’d happen today. Billy Hamilton was just thrown out stealing. With Daisuke Matsuzaka on the mound of all people.

Hamilton reached first base on an infield single. He might have been out — it looked close — but he was called safe. He took off on the exceedingly slow-working Dice-K on the second pitch. But Mets catcher Juan Centeno gunned him down.

Probably worth noting that while Dice-K is a slow worker, once he finally comes set and goes to the plate, he’s not particularly slower in terms of windup and stuff as anyone else. It does feel weird, though, that the fastest man this side of The Flash was tossed while Dice-K was pitching.

Hats off to Juan Centeno, though.

  1. paperlions - Sep 25, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Bigger news is that through 6 innings Matsuzaka has them shut out on only 3 hits and 2 walks…I would have figured the Reds would put that many guys on base in just the first inning.

    • historiophiliac - Sep 25, 2013 at 2:43 PM

      • historiophiliac - Sep 25, 2013 at 2:58 PM

        Hello, hater.

      • paperlions - Sep 25, 2013 at 3:06 PM

        Yay….horrible first pitch in triplicate!

        I wonder if they brought duck calls to give out to the players….heck, in the south or along the Mississippi River corridor, duck call day would be more popular than any bobble head day.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 25, 2013 at 3:29 PM

        Ok, hater. lol

  2. yankeepunk3000 - Sep 25, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    its like if joker would of been beaten by a step stool. fell over and impaled himself in the chest end of BATMAN returns!

    • zzalapski - Sep 25, 2013 at 2:55 PM

      That would’ve been quite the plot twist, considering how Catwoman and the Penguin were the villains in that movie.

  3. pinkfloydprism - Sep 25, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Must be a SLOW news day? :)

  4. aceshigh11 - Sep 25, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 25, 2013 at 3:58 PM

      Awesome post Aces. Big Jane’s Addiction fan. They make a stop in Indy every year.
      Two years ago they played the Murat (small venue) and last Month they played at Klipsch.
      Which is a fairly large outdoor venue. Fun place to see a show.

      • dondada10 - Sep 25, 2013 at 4:21 PM

        Not a huge Jane’s Addiction fan, but my name is Sergio.

      • stlouis1baseball - Sep 25, 2013 at 4:25 PM

        I can appreciate that Sergio. Word on the street is…Jane is done with you as well.

    • moogro - Sep 25, 2013 at 5:56 PM

      Good music videos sure are few and far between…

  5. b453841l - Sep 25, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    The real shock is that it was on the gyroball…

  6. sdelmonte - Sep 25, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    The Flash used to have an enemy named the Turtle who tried to turn his slowness against the man in red’s speed. So there.

  7. frank433 - Sep 25, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Jay Bruce has 2 steals on the day. Welcome to bizarro world.

  8. hughhansen - Sep 25, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    I was at first upset about this headline until I realized it meant the Mets threw him out.

    I watched the replay of the infield hit from the Cincinnati broadcast, and first they show replay where it looked really close but that he was probably out. The announcers said he was definitely safe.

    Then they showed it from another angle where he was obviously out and they said “tie goes to the runner.”

    Then they showed another angle at an even slower speed, where it was painfully obvious that he was out. They replay speed was so slow that there was almost a second between when Dice-K stepped on the bag and when Hamilton did. The announcers didn’t say anything.

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 25, 2013 at 4:23 PM

      As someone from central Indiana who is force fed Redlegs baseball I feel your pain.
      When the Cardinals play them it is a double edged sword.
      On the one hand…I get to watch my team play baseball.
      On the other hand…I gotta’ listen to the homers.

      • jm91rs - Sep 25, 2013 at 4:51 PM

        The TV broadcast always has more homers, regardless of who’s playing. Listening to the radio broadcast today they were pretty clear about the play. Thom B was saying “That hit to anyone else is an out. Billy was hustling all the way, he took off the minute that was hit and with his speed…(sees the replay)…he got a nice gift there”. He made it clear at live speed he thought Hamilton pulled off an great play and at replay immediately let us know the ump was wrong. Thom and Marty love the Reds but they’re pretty danged honest about their faults.

      • stlouis1baseball - Sep 25, 2013 at 5:01 PM

        Oh make no mistake JM…
        The one thing (and it’s a huge thing) I give credit to Marty and Thom for is their very pointed criticism of the Redlegs. And for what it’s worth…all local broadcasts are full of homers. I realize that. It’s just that Marty, Thom and Brantley seem to do it with so much more regularity. But again…on the flip side they don’t pull any punches when the Reds are playing bad. That is something they do better than anyone.

  9. 13arod - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:29 PM


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