The Baez “run-down” at first base is so hilarious. Jomboy’s breakdown is very good. He focuses on what happened before and after the play.
Marquee Network has some extra views of the circus act.
The best Reddit comments on this bizarre play
I read through some 2,000 comments on Reddit, and pulled the best ones. Comments are grouped by player.
I love that Javy took the time to watch the slide into home plate, signal “safe”, and then run to first base. Probably the most entertaining player in baseball.
If the mark of a player was the combined highlights of their best 20 plays, Javy Baez would be the greatest baseball player who ever lived.
I think Javy running backwards threw him off. Normally you tag first but the guy isn’t running away from you. lol
Javy being Javy.
Pirates being Pirates.
Cubs first base coach Craig Driver
They later showed a replay with the first base coach windmilling Javy to get to first. lmao
Willson Contreras (the runner who scored)
Willson got on base by a single. With the count 0-2 on Baez, the pitcher tried picking Contreras off first. Instead of sliding back to first, Contreras just ran to second. The first baseman fumbles the ball, so Contreras steals second without a throw.
When the Baez rundown happened, Contreras scored not just from third base. He started that play on second base.
That’s the only reason this worked. Runner would not have gone home if it wasn’t, nothing to lose. Brilliant move by Contreras.
1B Will Craig
This is Will Craig’s 15th career major league game. He actually made mistakes on three separate plays that inning.
- When Contreras was on first, he fumbled the pickoff throw.
- He didn’t force Baez out, and didn’t tag Baez out.
- After Baez scored on a blooper to center field, the very next batter hit the ball to him, and he fumbled it.
And this guy was once a first round draft pick!!
He won the 2019 MiLB gold glove for 1B btw with a 0.999 fielding percentage. Makes this all the more ridiculous.
2B Adam Frazier
This is his 6th year in MLB. No rookie excuses for Frazier.
I mean the second baseman not covering first is almost as bad as the first baseman not covering first, lmao.
Home plate umpire Ryan Additon
I didn’t see anyone on Reddit mention this: Technically, Baez should have been called out. Baseball rules 5.08 state:
If, with two out, the batter-runner refuses to advance to and touch first base, the umpire shall disallow the run, call out the offending player, and order the game resumed.
The players watching this play are pretty amusing.
Granted, this should have been an easy play. That’s probably why the players were walking to their dugout along third base in PNC Park.
Pirates are the most innovative team in the MLB when it comes to losing.
Pirates broadcast call of the “play”
“Hahaha… oh wait.”
The heck did he say at the end there? “The Kawayo pleas can be heard from here to Soowiggly”?
[“The calliopes can be heard from here to Sewickley”]
The Calliopes (a musical instrument that’s kind of like an organ, often associated with comedy sketches where people are bumbling around can be heard from here to Sewickley (a suburb about 12 miles away from Pittsburgh)
What an awesome way to call them a bunch of clowns. lmao
When your team gets slammed so hard you revert to your inner poet.
It deserves to be in both the Not Top 10 AND the Top 10
Official MLB description of the play
MLB’s official description of the play is just as bizarre as what happened:
I’m not sure how the third baseman was involved here. Will Craig threw the ball to the catcher, not the third basemen.
The game results
Something that nobody is really mentioning:
Baez scored on a bloop single by the next batter.
The Cubs ended up winning the game 5-3.
So this play single-handedly lost the Pirates the game.
Anthony Rizzo laughing
Rizzo is the first baseman fully appreciates how ridiculous this circus act is by a fellow first baseman. At first I thought Rizzo was laughing so hard because he’s the lovable Rizzo. But viewing it through the lens of the 1B Rizzo, he knows exactly how absurd this is.
Rizzo captured how we all feel watching this
I swear watching Rizzo is one of the most fun things in baseball. Even when he’s not playing.
As my friend put it: “He just looks like a guy that loves his grandma.”
Has anyone checked on Rizzo? He might have had a heart attack by the looks of it.
Anthony Rizzo on 10-day DL for strained abdominals.
Man that killed me when I saw it on the broadcast. I just love that guy and how much joy he has in the game so much. Dude is like a big kid playing baseball with his friends.
Ok, so just for funsies, let’s list all of the mistakes that happen here:
- Throw to first base is off-line
- First baseman follows Baez down the line instead of just stepping on first for the force
- First baseman does not tag Baez
- First baseman jogs/walks after Baez instead of running to apply the tag
- First baseman watches Contreras round third and does nothing, also continues to just not run and instead jog after Baez
- This one’s debatable but the catcher is kinda standing in a weird place for the tag
- Throw to the catcher by the first baseman is too slow
- Throw to the catcher by the first baseman is too high (would Baez have been called for interfence if the throw hit him? IDK the rules.)
- Baez and first baseman collide weirdly as Contreras slides in
- Baez signals safe instead of then running to first right away
- First baseman watches the tag play/umpire instead of doing… anything else
- Pitcher watches the tag play/umpire instead of covering first
- [EDIT: Catcher could have just tagged Baez.]
- Catcher looks at umpire instead of prepping throw to first in case he’s safe
- Second baseman/nobody else covers first base which is now wide open
- 2B drops the throw from the catcher as he covers the bag (Baez is gonna be safe at this point anyway 99%), allowing throw to go into right field
- Right fielder (?) is covering up the line, which I guess is fine? But is not in line with the throw and neither is the CF, so when the throw trickles into right field nobody is there
- After Baez is safe at first, 2B kinda just walks off?
- Shortstop fails to catch the throw at second from the outfield/the throw is kinda shitty. Not sure who’s fault it is so grouping it as one.
There’s also a chance that 1B forgot how many outs there were, so maybe count that. idk. So, who is innocent here? Definitely the left fielder. Debatably the RF/CF and catcher. All in all, absolutely wonderful.