Stealing home is usually lame. It’s almost always on a double steal where the catcher throws down to second, totally aware that the guy on third might break, but taking a reasoned gamble that he won’t. Yes, it’s technically a steal, but it’s not what people think of when they think of “stealing home.” People usually think of derring-do, crazy speed and an intense play at the plate.
Last night we actually got the latter. Well, minus the intensity, as it looked like someone had to wake up Padres pitcher Kevin Quackenbush. But credit to Andrus for being on top of things as he broke and gave us a real, bonadife steal of home plate:
As the announcer noted, Quackenbush is a righty, so there’s even way less of an excuse for him to ignore Andrus than it would be for a lefty. But in a day and age where pitchers have been conditioned to go to any length to get themselves in the zone and mentally prepared for each and every pitch, I guess you’ll have that. Well, that and longer games.