Major League Baseball Spring Training will soon be coming to an end, with the regular season set to start on April 3rd. For some folks, I get the feeling that the regular season can’t get started soon enough. One such individual who I get that impression from is the Mets’ Yoenis Cespedes, whose play in the field last night provided what will likely be one of the biggest lowlights from this spring.
Watch this hit from Houston’s A.J. Reed:
It’s explained pretty well by the commentators in that video, but man… It sure makes Cespedes look bad when the umpire walks over and simply pushes the ball out from the wall with his hand. I mean, they could have easily held Reed at second and saved their pitcher an earned run, as the commentators said.
The Inside-the-park home run itself is a fairly rare feat these days. Back in the old days, when parks were less uniform, and there was less of a focus on power hitting, they were more common. These days not so much. For example, if my math is correct here, out of 2,430 regular season games played last season, only TWO inside-the-park home runs were hit. Same for the year before that.
Oddly enough, one of the inside-the-park dingers from last regular season involved the Mets, though they were on the other side of the play, with Ruben Tejada scoring.
However, that wasn’t the only one the Mets were involved with last year, because another one happened in Game 1 of the World Series… and guess what – it was also a misplay by Yoenis Cespedes! It was a pretty ridiculous scenario, too. Game One of the World Series, bottom of the first inning. You might remember Alcides Escobar being very effective as a leadoff hitter for the Kansas City Royals in the ALCS against the Blue Jays… Well he was quite effective again on the very first pitch the Royals faced in the World Series. Watch:
That one’s a little more excusable than the first, where he just stopped and looked at the ball that was still perfectly playable. Even still, I’m guessing he might be hearing about that one for a while now.
However, that certainly is NOT the most memorable thing to happen in a baseball game on a March 24th. 15 years ago, Randy Johnson did something that no pitcher before or since has done. Check out my BLOG POST on it to see what it was!