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Apr
23
2011
How on earth did Cole Hamels get picked off of first base last night?
Posted by meech.one at 12:51 pm ET 26 Comments

Cole Hamels was essentially brilliant on the mound in his hometown of San Diego last night going 8 innings, allowing only 4 hits, 3 walks, and no runs while striking out 8. Granted, he was facing a Padres lineup that had already been shutout FIVE times prior to last night’s 2-0 loss (which would put the Pads on pace to be blanked an MLB record-shattering FORTY-EIGHT times this season), but still — a shutout is a shutout.

HOWEVER, Cole was also the victim of the most insane pickoff plays I’ve ever seen, courtesy of left-hander Clayton Richard. Check the screen grab below and notice that Cole had, what, a five foot lead off of first base? He honestly could have fell over towards the bag and his 6’3″ frame plus wingspan would have been plenty long enough to get back to first safely. Instead, Cole got fooled by Clayton’s pickoff move, leaned toward second, and wound up getting caught in a rundown and erasing his leadoff hit.

To watch the play in it’s entirety, click the picture or go HERE. MLB Advanced Media would appreciate it.

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26 Responses to “How on earth did Cole Hamels get picked off of first base last night?”

  1. cue FanSince09 in 5, 4, 3…

  2. stinkbug says:

    when is there going to be a post about pistachio girl? i’ve been waiting for almost a week now.

  3. meech.one says:

    I don’t wanna get her fired, yo. (which is exactly what would happen if the Phillies found out about those videos)

  4. VotePolanco says:

    He didn’t properly stretch his flabby ass. That was a hella cool throw though.

  5. Shamels Raul (formerly Wertiz) says:

    Yeah the lack of FanSince09 commentary on this makes it pretty much irrelevant.

  6. stinkbug says:

    Oh! say no more. thanks and feel free to delete my comment on the grounds it may incriminate her.

  7. bigmyc says:

    Yeah..something tells me that his mind wasn’t exactly on base running at that moment. Maybe it was on..oh..I don’t know…the next time he takes the mound or maybe even the series of pitches he threw to the last batter.

    See, there can be solid baseball talk on this blog.

  8. Jim says:

    Wow how was that not a balk, his front leg was more than halfway to the plate before he turned back and threw over.

  9. meech.one says:

    “Wow how was that not a balk, his front leg was more than halfway to the plate before he turned back and threw over.” -Every Andy Pettitte pickoff move ever

  10. BigMiles says:

    @Meech – I ran into a few umps at the Philly airport the other year and the first thing I asked was about Pettitte’s pickoff move. They both just kind of chuckled and looked at each other like it was some kind of on-going joke that umps are just allowing to continue for their own amusement.

  11. Can we talk about how J-Stroll is on pace for 9 RBI this season? Neat.

  12. Bozo says:

    More importantly how have you guys survived without me pointing out all the hot girls at the games? There have been around 3 BBBBHP sightings already!

    @11- Stfu about Jimmy, like everytime he hits the ball it’s a line drive out or some shit.

  13. Yeah, Bozo, I gotta disagree man. I’m not seeing what you’re seeing.

  14. Buster Olney says:

    This is a perfect example of how the Braves have the better starting staff. Between that, the bullpen and young Jason Heyward you can expect them to win the NL East.

  15. Bozo says:

    @13- Are you saying you were looking at the men in the stands then?

  16. MoyerIsMyHero says:

    I was watching the Gamecast thing and it said “Cole Hamles picked off. Clayton Richards to Clayton Richards.” I thought there was some Bug Bunny crap going on at PETCO.

    Additionally – I’m late to the game, but I’m so glad The Fightins is back! I’m too old to fine a new blog.

  17. yellowbird says:

    pissssstttasshhhioooooooosssss!

  18. yellowbird says:

    meech.one says:
    April 23, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    I don’t wanna get her fired, yo. (which is exactly what would happen if the Phillies found out about those videos)

    what vids do we speak of?

  19. Franchise says:

    Yes what are these videos about exactly?

  20. MOAB says:

    google + common sense

    chick is nuts

  21. patdawg says:

    Two words …. SAM PERLOZZO. He stunk so much at 3rd they moved him to 1st, and he’s already screwing that up.

  22. yellowbird says:

    still nothing MOAB…. i failed the internets in hs

  23. yellowbird says:

    nevermind……good lord. im never heckling her again.

  24. PHLinPDX says:

    I miss Lopes.

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