Ninth inning, tie game, the situation every kid dreams of being in. Kole Calhoun was there. He was able to reach base safely. And he was chugging along, ready to score, and...
Yikes. Here are the 8 best things about the moment Kole Calhoun ran right into an out.
1. Matt Chapman made a defensive miscue.
The A’s third baseman, best known for his defense, won the Rawlings Platinum Gold Glove for best defender in baseball in 2018. Here, he fields the ball cleanly, then inexplicably tries to throw it to second, where Calhoun would be safe. A better baseball play happens to be throwing the ball to first to get Brian Goodwin, the hitter. In the end, it worked out for Chapman. (Fun fact: Chapman had already made an error in this game.)
2. The score
This game is tied 5-5 in the 9th inning. The game would end 12-7. How? The Angels would somehow get two runs here, then Oakland would tie it, and the Angels would score five runs in the 11th inning. Baseball!
3. Not the biggest mental lapse in the game.
The aforementioned five-run inning? It featured two wild pitches that catcher Josh Phegley took his eyes off and a wild throw from first baseman Matt Olson on a measly bunt attempt. It might not be the Angels who are the ones lacking in the fundamentals.
4. It reminded users about this play.
Calhoun’s baserunning blunder was so bad that SBNation users were reminded of another baserunning error from San Francisco Giants player Ruben Rivera. I must say that Calhoun’s play isn’t that bad compared with the quintessential blunder.
5. What is Marcus Semien doing?
Watching Marcus Semien is undoubtedly the greatest part of this experience. He starts off covering second base, then he inexplicably vacates the base, probably to run to third, as it is uncovered, then he stabs at the Chapman throw that was meant for Jurickson Profar.
6. Calhoun stands around, dancing.
Calhoun is never really on second base. He makes the turn and hovers around the base, dancing, eyes darting, trying to find the baseball. Using the incredibly scientific method of an iPhone timer, I timed from the moment his foot left second to when he was tagged out. The result? 2.85 seconds. It may not seem like a lot of time, but in a baseball game, that is a lot of time. He starts-stops-starts, which is much harder than you think it is.
7. Umpire Brian O’Nora
At second base, an umpire doesn’t do much. Sure, he has to watch for any potential base stealers, but rarely are there runners on first. He has to go out and check for home runs, but those are usually clear cut. The second base umpire does a lot of nothing. “Fool!” thinks Brian O’Nora as Kole Calhoun does something. “He’s out by a mile!” O’Nora punctuates his thoughts with his emphatic out call.
8. The Angels won
Which is really the best part about this whole thing, because now we can look back and laugh, instead of looking back in anguish.