Adam Kennedy's base-running gaffe
I was unable to watch the Nationals' 1-0 loss to the Marlins on Sunday, but I was following it electronically. The top of the ninth inning seemed to frustrate some fans, as a one-out single with a man on first led to a two-outs, man-on-first situation after Adam Kennedy fell down between second and third and was then tagged out.
I wanted to know what it looked like, so I finally watched online. If I'm using my best powers of description, it essentially looked like a man falling down. Alternatively, imagine a man doing basketball line sprints on ice. Kilgore described it thus:
Adam Kennedy, who had singled with one out, bolted around second base, trying to put himself in position to score on a sacrifice fly. He realized he wouldn't make it and stopped quickly. When he slammed on the brakes, his leg buckled and his knee hit the dirt.
"I just got out there too far," Kennedy said. "I made it into a pretty bad play."
The Florida announcing team agreed.
"And for the second time in this series, a veteran player, Adam Kennedy, has made a huge mistake on the bases," said the play-by-play man, who I believe was Rich Waltz.
"A line drive bullet to the right fielder, you know as a runner at first base there's no chance you're gonna go to third base, no reason to be aggressive going around second base right there," analyst Jeff Conine said. "Even though he slipped, he shouldn't have been that aggressive....I think the argument there was more out of embarrassment than it was knowing that you got your hand in there."
But in case you're curious what it looked like....
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