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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Hero Of The Night    

Tonight's hero: Aaron Hill!

Hill was as big a hero as Armando Benitez was a zero. A pair of balks to score the tying run, then a Carlos Delgado moon shot to lose it. With two outs. If you love watching closers melt down, this was a classic.

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  • I did a double take when the Yahoo! play by play showed that line. I didn't realize anyone actually tried to steal home outside of books about the wacky misadventures of a ragtag Little League team. How often can a pitcher get that confused?

    By Blogger Chris, at 12:22 AM  

  • Speaking of the Giants game last night, I finally caught a glimpse of Tim Lincecum. He's filthy. Not only is he going to be really, REALLY good, but I swear to god he looks like he is 16-17 years old. Tops. It was weirdly cool watching this 9th grader blow away David Wright three times- like in that shitty "kid sprains his elbow and suddenly can throw 102 mph and makes it to the big leagues in three weeks" movie. Much better in real life.

    By Blogger Kabir, at 10:47 AM  

  • Not often, especially when it's a straight steal like Hill's. You usually see it as part of a double steal, where the man on first heads for second to draw a throw.

    The only recent names I found were Corey Patterson, Orlando Cabrera, Grady Sizemore and Carl Crawford, though there may be more... there's no convenient list out there that I know of. But I think all those guys stole home straight. I know O-Cab and Crawford did (his was against the Sox last year).

    It's rare now for several reasons, first and foremost being that a runner on 3rd with less than two outs can score so easily that there's no reason to risk it. Then there's the advent of the stretch delivery, as opposed to the wind-up, which gets the ball to home plate sooner.

    This one happened to Pettitte because a) he's a lefty, b) he's retarded, and c) he wasn't paying attention to Hill, who broke on Pettitte as soon as he turned away. Posada was screaming at him to throw home, but he didn't realize what was happening.

    This is a fairly good rundown of why it used to happen and why you don't see it anymore. Here's another, from Jesse's beloved PI.

    By Blogger Jeff, at 11:05 AM  

  • I wonder if Tim Lincecum will check out Tinicum when the Giants visit Philly. Or have they already?

    By Blogger Jeff, at 11:09 AM  

  • Let's not forget that it's doRA's responsibility to scream bloody murder the moment Hill takes off. I can't say for sure, but I bet he didn't do much at all.

    By Blogger Alex, at 11:02 PM  

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