Needless to say, I would need to call 911 and a tow truck if I was to try to do this.
OT- Baseball's next Play of the Year?
According to Sportscenter that was only the 3rd best play of the night... how homeruns and outfield catches still make it on this list is beyond me. Ahead of this was a homerun and a lame foul catch in the stands. ESPN sucks.
That's incredible, I don't know how it would even occur to a guy to basically do a front-flip over the catcher. One of the best baserunning moves I've ever seen.
His legs were not together, toes were not pointed, and his extension was poor.
I suggest that we have one of our National Champion Mens Gymnasts work with him to improve his form.
That's amazing. It's too bad he's automatically be called out in the high school game. Also glad he didn't do that against us, as we played Fordham a few weeks ago. I'll take their win though, as that every so slightly helps our RPI.
Really? Interesting. What's the reason behind that rule?
Technically speaking, isn't that leaving the baseline?
It has to do with just safety. You can't try to go over a catcher, as that usually means through a catcher. You can dive around or slide through (granted you don't raise your elbows, push by extended arms, or tomahawk at the glove).
Federation has some stupid rules in it, but they're safety rules.
That makes sense. I know high school sports tend to have an extra layer of rules for safety, but I don't know high school baseball rules as well as some others. I'm learning them -- shooting from the dugout sheds a lot of light on the game -- but I'm getting it just a little bit at a time.
And it's probably important in terms of safety...
But I don't care if they were penalized four runs and a $300 dollar fine; that was f-ing amazing. I pulled a hamstring just watching.
When I played in high school, I actually got called out for sliding "too hard" one time. I was trying to score from first on a hit, I saw the ball beat me by a couple of feet and the catcher had the ball in his glove on the ground, so i just tried to slide in as hard as I can to try to get it out. He lost the ball when I slide in, but the other coach bitched and said I "drop kicked" his catcher. So for whatever reason, the ump called me out for sliding too hard...
Kid you not, basically same scenario...we were in the league championship (11-13yo) game and down by 1 run against the undefeated "invincible" team, and our coach's son (coach happened to be the town's varsity coach) does this exact same leap over the catcher (I'm actually right behind him at 3B repping the winning run) and is quite clearly safe to tie the game, but the LL umpire called him out (probably because he just couldn't believe such a play could be made by a 12 year old).
To this day, despite being 15 years ago, I still remember it vividly--especially the kid crying afterwards and the coach reaming into him for being such a whiny *#!^$. Ahh, memories.
Little League says you have to slide. That's always been the rule at that level. That's why he was out.
Slightly different than the high school rule above. High school doesn't require a slide, just that you don't leap over or shove with your arms, spike someone above the knees, etc.
LL also mandates no head first slides or it's an automatic out.
Exactly. Unless you're going back to a base.
the umpire called him out because he was tagged, not for any prohibition. Umpires for the games were always some random HS kid or some random parent, so the rules weren't exactly enforced.
Willie Mays Hayes "I told you I wasn't going to slide!"
Also kind of reminds me of Major League III, when the ballerina dude did like a pirouette jump over the catcher.