Home run robberies are one of the coolest plays in baseball. They’re unexpected, they are essentially worth an entire run (at least) and they are extremely difficult to pull off. Unlike most big plays, though, I find that they are even cooler when they happen in another team’s ball park.
Watching and hearing the fans get excited and ready for a home run, only for it to be taken away is heartbreaking in the best possible way.
As it turns out, George Springer just did that to the White Sox fans at U.S. Cellular field on Thursday, when he robbed Jose Abreu of a home run in the first inning:
It wasn’t the prettiest of paths to the ball, but Springer stuck with it, made the leap and finished the catch despite crashing into the wall at a decent clip.
The White Sox ultimately won by one run (2-1), but hey, at least they didn’t win by 2! (This addition at the end would have made a lot more sense if the opposite were true.)