Stealing home plate in the Major League Baseball or World Series playoffs is something you see Jackie Robinson do in a Ken Burns documentary or you might have seen Javier Baez do it five years ago. when he was with the Chicago Cubs against the San Francisco Giants. However, it is rare. Last night in Game 1 of the American League Divisional Series featuring the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays, we got to see him again in the Rays’ 5-0 win over the Red Sox.
In the seventh inning of Thursday night’s game, Rays outfielder Randy Aronzarena, who had an incredible night, was on third base with two strikeouts. The Boston Red Sox had left-handed pitcher Josh Taylor on the mound. Sox third baseman Rafael Devers was playing off base. The extra space allowed the fast Arozarena to take a huge lead. As Taylor started his move and came in ready, the Rays outfielder escaped for the home. Taylor got off the rubber and shot the house but not in time to pick up Randy. By the time receiver Christian Vázquez caught the ball, Arozarena had already dived head first as he slipped the plate.
At first I had no idea what was going on. Home stealing gamers just isn’t that common and I couldn’t love that kind of commotion anymore. Playoff baseball is great when played like this. According to MLB.com’s Adam Perry, the Tampa Bay Rays manager was asked if his left fielder was playing faster in the playoffs, “The home run certainly felt that way. The robbery of the house was one of the coolest things I’ve seen on a baseball field, ”said Rays manager Kevin Cash. “Special player. He’s definitely getting up for now. He’s proven it day in and day out, and certainly when it comes to the playoffs.
Game 2 of the series is tonight. The Red Sox will be placing their hopes on left-hander Chris Sale, 32, solid since returning from Operation Tommy John.