Professional baseball analysts will likely spend a lot of time trying to figure out just what in the blue hell the Baltimore Orioles were trying to do here, and I sincerely doubt they’ll ever come up with a definitive answer.
The Orioles, already a basket case this season and seemingly going out of their way to appear even worse, took on the racistly-named Cleveland Indians Thursday night (US time) and coughed up what will go down as one of the most baffling on-field fuck ups in recent memory.
Picture this: It’s bottom of the seventh, bases are loaded, Baltimore are 7-9 down and battling grimly to stay in touch with Cleveland after giving up a 5-1 lead in the middle of the third.
Indians slugger Jason Kipnis pops a routine ground ball to Orioles’ second baseman Hanser Alberto, trapping runner Francisco Lindor between first and second and gifting the O’s one of baseball’s most First Day Of School double play scenarios.
Instead, this happens.
We don’t have words to describe this highlight.
Just take a look. pic.twitter.com/3SvLuU9fPz
— Cut4 (@Cut4) May 17, 2019
Even people who didn’t know Baltimore was a city until now would easily recognise that that’s an ungodly mess.
Instead of an easy double play to wrap the innings up, we have:
- A missed tag at first
- A missed ground out at first
- A botched throw home to a catcher inexplicably standing in front of the plate
Is there such as a… nega-triple play? Can such a thing exist? Because this baffling shit is it.
Cleveland ran in two on that play, and went on to win 14-7.
Hell of a game, baseball. Hell of a game.