Red Sox Outfielder Gives Fan Souvenir Ball And Baserunner Two Bases
David Young 10:47 pm, August 20th, 2015
Back when I lived in Oakland in the late 80's and early 90's (yeah, it's all about me), we would sit in the outfield stands and yell to Dave Henderson, "Hey, Dave, how many outs?" And without turning around he'd hold up one or two fingers (I don't remember asking when there were no outs). For him, it was a playful game with the fans. For us, it was a necessity as Dave's mind tended to wander. And note that we called him Dave because there was another Henderson in the outfield.
Perhaps this year's Red Sox should revive this game. Case in point, Wednesday night's game against the Indians. With a runner at first and one out, Boston's right fielder Rusney Castillo chased down a Jose Ramirez fly ball. A fan in the stands yelled for the ball, so Castillo obliged him. I mentioned there was only one out, right? The throw was ruled an error, and the runner at first was given third. Luckily, the next batter struck out to end the inning. This highlights a couple of issues.
Number one, the Red Sox outfield has not been good this season. I had my choice of videos, but here's my favorite (also Castillo):
Number two, outfielders historically have had an awful time counting to three. Trot Nixon. Manny Ramirez. Benny Agbayani (sorry, Mets fans). And here's Larry Walker, a guy who had a million-dollar arm, and a ten-cent head.
Just wait a few days, and it will probably happen again. To the Red Sox.
Photo via Getty
David Young has been a columnist for ESPN and Sports Illustrated and is one for SportsGrid.
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