It’s all fun and games until somebody gets mocked. And then it’s just fun.
On Wednesday, Yankees third base coach Joe Espada was so focused on waving runners around to home that he fell along the third base line.
He wasn’t hurt badly or anything, which is why everybody can laugh at it. Including the entire team.
He is the first Mets pitcher in a full nine years to steal a base, with the last being Oliver Perez in 2008.
However, it’s not so out of the question that Darvish would allow a steal, even if a pitcher steal is much more rare. He allowed 16 stolen bases before being traded, enough to be ranked 2nd in the AL in that category behind only White Sox starter Mike Pelfrey.
In the NL, his 16 steals allowed is good enough for a 3rd place ranking between Jake Arrieta and Jaime Garcia.
So if deGrom was going to try and go for it with anyone on the mound, Darvish was actually a pretty good option.
With the benefit of hindsight, it’s easy to point and laugh at the Heathcliff Slocumb trade because it didn’t work out. The Mariners got an erratic reliever for a season and a half, and the Red Sox got Derek Lowe, Jason Varitek, and two World Series championships. But that’s not entirely fair.
There’s some context to explore. While it seems devastating in retrospect that the Cheap Long Sleeve Soccer Jerseys Mariners traded a future franchise catcher and a pitcher who made an All-Star team as both a reliever and a starter, and it seems inconceivable that they traded them for a closer with a 5.79 ERA who had allowed 95 baserunners in 46 ? innings, it’s not like …
Actually, there’s no way to gloss over that part. Literally 95 baserunners Cheap Michael Jordan Jerseys For Sale in 46 ? innings. Holy moly.