On Saturday, A's played the Red Sox in Oakland and the game went extra innings. I caught the bottom of the 10th inning. Unbelievable the level or lack thereof of fundamentals by today's professional baseball players. All they want to do is work on launch angles as hitters and hit the ball out of the park.
Everyone knows MLB's extra innings rules these days. Murphy begins the inning at 2nd. Brown is intentionally walked and Lowrie gets a single and bases are loaded with no outs. Boston brings in an extra infielder and the infield is brought in to stop the winning run at home on a grounder to the infielders.
Kemp, who would later win the game in the bottom of the 12th with a sac fly when the A's score 3 to overcome the two runs the Sox scored in the top of the 12th, squares around and bunts the ball up in the air. Easy first out.....remember, in the 12th, he hit a sac fly to score the winning run. He tries to lay down a sac bunt with the infielders on the infield grass in the bottom of the 10th. Then Andrus hits a hard liner to Martinez in left and Martinez throws out Murphy at home, a close play but Murphy would have easily been safe with a head first slide on the far foul side of home plate and used his left hand to touch the plate. He slide in conventionally, right at the plate which wasn't blocked.
And Murphy, had he unhitched the plow on his dash for home, would have beaten the throw even with his lousy slide.
Do they not teach basic fundamentals in baseball anymore. And doesn't anyone know the pivot for a sac bunt instead of squaring around? I learned that my freshman year in college on the JV team from a really good baseball coach and it is so much better and easier than squaring for the sac bunt.
< Message edited by MDK -- 7/5/2021 6:12:06 PM >
40 acres and a Mule. What a difference that would have made for African Americans.
The orange Jesus needs an orange jumpsuit