Rounding first base is dangerous business. Apparently.
I joke, as players pull off the feat routinely throughout the season without issue. But in the last 24 hours, Billy Hamilton and Logan Schafer each learned about the potential terror that looms just around the corner of first base.
For Hamilton, who happens to be the fastest player in baseball, the opportunity to take an extra base when a throw gets away is too tantalizing. But it won’t work if the umpire is waiting to take you down:
The umpire, of course, tried to get out of the way, but, with Hamilton tracking the ball behind him, he couldn’t be sure of Hamilton’s route. So, then, boom.
At least Hamilton has a good explanation for falling down after rounding first base. Unfortunately, Schafer can’t say the same, and I kinda feel bad for laughing as much as I have at this:
That’s just … he … he just fell down. Plop. I can’t stop laughing.
Just be careful out there, baserunners.