“Youkilis’ Heads-Up Baserunning”

I know it’s been a while since I posted but I’m just going to jump right into this.

First, if you have not seen the video, look here.

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It’s just awful Brave’s defense. Some credit deserves to go to Youk, but not a lot. A thief would not praise a fellow thief for stealing candy from a baby. So who’s to blame? Well here’s what I think.

FAULT #1:

Kelly Johnson. He should have thrown to second. Plain and simple.

FAULT #2:

Kelly Johnson. He should have at least tagged Youk. Anyone would rather have had Ortiz on first than Youkillis.

FAULT #3:

Casey Kotchman. On the replay you see he threw it too soon.

FAULT #4:

Diory Hernandez. I believe a throw to Kotchman would’ve gotten him out. Instead he threw it to Kelly and it wasn’t even a good throw.

Of coures this is all on the replay. I would defend Diory and Casey, but not Kelly. Now I love Kelly, but, COME ON!! If you would’ve tagged Youk, the annoucers would’ve praised you and called you a genious (because Youk is a greater base stealing threat than Big Papi). Well, all that matters is that we added another number in the “Win Column.”

Go Braves!

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One comment

  1. bburrows@lhup.edu

    Atlanta was extremely lucky to come out of that game with a win. The ninth inning was a complete debacle. Kelly Johnson was not thinking most of the game and it really hurt them. I let the play where he dove and missed go but the play shortly after where he was running in was inexcusable. That is an easy play and he blew it. The rundown was a complete mess. I don’t even know what to say.
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