Defend the Indefensible: SLIDING INTO FIRST

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Or, more specifically, sliding head-first into first. Some manager needs to get all Gene Hackman in Hoosiers on his team & time how long it takes to run through the bag v. sliding into it, & then follow that up w/ all the tape out there of hitters getting their fingers / hands broken / speared by making such a bonehead move. Saw Omar Vizquel do this (carrying the torch that Ozzie [EXPLETIVE] Guillen lit) this weekend, as well as CARLOS BELTRAN! Looks good for the folks, but, really, JUST RUN FULL SPEED.

David R. (popshots75`), Monday, 25 April 2005 19:11 (seventeen years ago) link

Beltran was doing it to avoid a possible tag (by a late-covering pitcher), which is the only defensible circumstance for it.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Monday, 25 April 2005 19:15 (seventeen years ago) link

morbs otm.

hstencil (hstencil), Monday, 25 April 2005 19:24 (seventeen years ago) link

Really? I thought it was a regular ground-out type of situation. Yeah, I'll go w/ that.

I participated in some baseball camp as a kid (back when I was super-pudgy & hated sports), and during the head-first-slide drill, I belly-flopped and knocked the wind out of myself. I think I actually landed ON THE BAG. Not a shining moment in my CV.

David R. (popshots75`), Monday, 25 April 2005 19:25 (seventeen years ago) link

Didn't Kenny Lofton fuck up his leg pretty bad sliding into first during the '99 playoffs? The potential risk of injury, in most cases, would seem to outweigh the potential reward.

rasheed wallace (rasheed wallace), Monday, 25 April 2005 19:43 (seventeen years ago) link

This is completely classic in videogames. I slide into first even when it's not called for.

milozauckerman (miloaukerman), Monday, 25 April 2005 22:17 (seventeen years ago) link

When I was in baseball camp as a young lad they told me to never, ever, EVER do it.

Thermo Thinwall (Thermo Thinwall), Monday, 25 April 2005 22:23 (seventeen years ago) link

i love this! everyone should do it.

mark p (Mark P), Tuesday, 26 April 2005 00:43 (seventeen years ago) link

in every conceivable situation!

Thermo Thinwall (Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 26 April 2005 00:51 (seventeen years ago) link

yes.

mark p (Mark P), Tuesday, 26 April 2005 00:54 (seventeen years ago) link

sixteen years pass...

diarrhea?

i read to 69 position (Neanderthal), Monday, 7 March 2022 21:31 (three months ago) link

burst

Nedlene Grendel as Basenji Holmo (map), Monday, 7 March 2022 22:30 (three months ago) link


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