Friday, June 13, 2008

A Two-fer!

There's an old saying about baseball, that if you go out to the ballpark every day, you'll see something you've never seen before. Well, tonight I saw not one, but two things I'd never seen before.

The first was a very cool play where Omar Vizquel stole home with two outs and the bases loaded. I've seen a steal of home before (not often), but always as part of a double steal. This was just a case of an alert base runner catching the pitcher asleep at the wheel. Good video in this clip. Better one here.

And the second new thing was that with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, just as A's closer Huston Street was winding up for a pitch to Fred Lewis, the infield sprinklers came on. It took a couple of minutes for the grounds crew to get them turned off again, at which point Street made quick work of Lewis. It was a weird little moment.

Really not a very good game, overall, but definitely worth going to for those unique events.

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