There are embarrassing plays in baseball that demonstrate either a person is lazy and apathetic, or, perhaps as a free pass, may not be quite so fleet of foot, and then there are embarrassing plays that leave you scratching your head and almost feeling sorry for a guy. Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett being retired at first base by a throw from a right fielder that occurred on Thursday definitely falls into the latter category.
Granted, this isn’t the first time this play has occurred. On many occasions a batter has been thrown out at first by an aggressive throw from a right fielder, but watching the ease in which St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran throws a strike to retire Beckett, well, it ain’t pretty.
Granted again, pitchers typically are not the most speedy of players and the ball was hit sharply (for a pitcher), but Beltan’s throw beat Beckett to the bag by at least five feet. Usually plays like these are much closer than this one.
Personally, I’m going to chalk this one up to an unfortunate confluence of events: a slow runner (Beckett) and a sharply hit ball hit right at a talented right fielder (Beltran) with a rocket arm who makes a perfect throw.
Well, either that or Beckett really is missing his fried chicken and beer from his days with the Red Sox. That crap is like rocket fuel to this guy.