And when I say “best,” I don’t mean “most effective” because the pitcher here didn’t even get the runner. I mean “the pickoff move with the most style.”
I mean, Clayton Kershaw or Nate Eovaldi may be better at actually getting guys, but they’ll never be as smooth as Blake Fox of Rice University. Who pulled this number off in a game against University of Louisiana Lafayette yesterday:
So nonchalant. I imagine if a big leaguer did this we’d be having arguments about whether he’s respecting the game and there’d be no shortage of people talking about the unwritten rules of pickoffs, but Fox isn’t a big leaguer so who cares?
And who would care even if he was? Un-fun people, that’s who.