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Sunday, April 14, 2019

This Angels baserunning blunder will make your head spin

There are some moments in baseball that require no description.

Then there are moments in baseball where no description or explanation will begin to help us understand what we’ve witnessed.

One such moment occurred during Saturday’s Los Angeles Angels-Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field.

That’s where Angels first baseman Justin Bour turned a routine single into a baserunning adventure that defied logic and resulted in one of the wildest and most bizarre series of events you’ll ever see in a baseball game.

Oh, I hope Mike Trout doesn’t mind spending his Octobers on the sofa at home….


QLE Posted: April 14, 2019 at 07:10 AM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Tin Angel Posted: April 14, 2019 at 01:14 PM (#5831712)
Weird. How on earth did the ump call him safe at second? Did Bour realize how wrong he was and just decide that he was out?

Video here.
   2. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: April 14, 2019 at 01:53 PM (#5831720)
Baez tagged Bour twice, once on the foot well before he got to the base, and once on the hip after he got to the base. The second tag might have fooled the ump into thinking Baez didn't get him on the foot, and if the second tag is the only one, then he's safe. Bad call, and it would have been overturned on replay, so good job by Bour for saving a few minutes of dead time.
   3. base ball chick Posted: April 14, 2019 at 02:47 PM (#5831730)
bour is really a slow runner

and yeah he was OBVIOUSLY out with the foot tag and he obviously knew it. guys pretty much almost always know. remember the laureano throw getting bogearts at 3rd? dude knew he was out and didn't pull any whining horsespit

and kudos to bour for not pretending he's one of those stupid soccer players
   4. JAHV Posted: April 14, 2019 at 03:34 PM (#5831744)
Bour was just trying to help the pace of play issues by avoiding an unnecessary replay challenge. Nice work, Justin!
   5. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: April 14, 2019 at 04:14 PM (#5831754)
I don't think you end up with a body like Trout's by spending much time on the sofa.
   6. Walt Davis Posted: April 14, 2019 at 04:49 PM (#5831764)
At the end of the replay, you can even see Bour saying something to Javy, presumably along the lines of "WTF is wrong with you, no need to rub it in." Javy says something like "he called you safe", kinda pointing backwards with his thumb which leads to Bour shaking his head in disbelief.

Tidbit: Bour and Javy were teammates for a couple of months in 2013 at Tennessee.

Anyway, that wasn't all that head-spinning. That was "runner thought he was out but ump called him safe."
   7. Jose is an Absurd Time Cube Posted: April 14, 2019 at 05:02 PM (#5831768)
Yeah, that lead in was over promise under deliver.
   8. Rusty Priske Posted: April 15, 2019 at 09:37 AM (#5831901)
The article acts like it was a huge game-changer. It clearly wasn't. Obviously there would have been a review and obviously he would have been called out. The only real mistake Bour made was forgetting how slow his top speed was.
   9. Petunia inquires about ponies Posted: April 15, 2019 at 01:32 PM (#5832041)
Javy's body language is hilarious throughout.
   10. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 15, 2019 at 01:38 PM (#5832043)
Yeah, if this makes your head spin, you should see a doctor immediately.
   11. Karl from NY Posted: April 15, 2019 at 02:59 PM (#5832087)
It's possible the ump didn't see the tag on the foot. The ump ended up behind Bour's entire body relative to where the tag happened, so the view could have been blocked by his body. Obviously not a great umpiring moment, but understandable.
   12. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: April 15, 2019 at 04:17 PM (#5832120)
Yeah, that lead in was over promise under deliver.

Well that's Yahoo clickbait for ya. I, for one, was left neither speechless nor with a dropped jaw.
   13. Baseballs Most Beloved Figure Posted: April 15, 2019 at 04:23 PM (#5832126)
Say what you will but the click bait headlines are effective. Here we are talking about it days later. put it on a list of greatest base running blunders of all-time.
   14. Spahn Insane Posted: April 15, 2019 at 04:32 PM (#5832133)
Anyway, that wasn't all that head-spinning. That was "runner thought he was out but ump called him safe."

I dunno--"head-spinning" is probably an overbid, but I thought the mere fact of the missed call was remarkable under the circumstances, for the reasons Misirlou accurately described. Bour was tagged out not once but twice before reaching the bag, the first of which was about as obvious as obvious gets.

As also noted by others, Bour looked dumbstruck that he'd been called safe, and rightfully so.
   15. Hysterical & Useless Posted: April 15, 2019 at 04:49 PM (#5832142)
I think this just shows you that players should ALWAYS keep in mind all the calls that have gone against them in their life, so that if the ump blows one in their favor they can just accept it graciously as a long-overdue righting of the balance, rather than embarrassing the umpire by calling attention to his mistake.
   16. DFA Posted: April 15, 2019 at 05:03 PM (#5832152)
I too found it refreshing, and not bad base running at all. He was out, it was going to be proven on replay.
   17. Tim M Posted: April 15, 2019 at 05:51 PM (#5832172)
Made you watch an ad though, didn't it?

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