For the Win
In the top of the first inning of the Reds’ matchup with the Cubs in Chicago on Tuesday afternoon, Cincinnati outfielder Billy Hamilton drew a walk off Cubs pitcher John Lackey. Hamilton soon stole second, as he does.
Then, after a walk to Joey Votto, this happened:
Oh, no, John Lackey, you slept! You assumed there’d never be any need to cover home plate on a passed ball with runners on first and second, but you failed to consider that the lead runner was Billy Hamilton and Billy Hamilton is so, so fast.
Hamilton did not even pause while rounding third base. From the looks of it, his aggressiveness even surprised Reds third-base coach Billy Hatcher. Unless Hatcher was audibly telling Hamilton to keep going, he did not look like he was preparing to give any sign whatsoever. Look close at the video above. As Hamilton blurs his way around third, Hatcher’s just kind of standing there.
Hamilton’s general struggle to reach base has limited the effectiveness of his footspeed at the Major League level, but man, can that guy move. Walking Hamilton, as Lackey did, represents such an egregious baseball misdeed that it’s probably worse even than failing to cover home plate in that spot.
The post The Reds' Billy Hamilton scored from second base on a passed ball appeared first on Healthy NutriMania.
Source: Healthy Nutrimania