Just yesterday, we learned about the importance of running out every single play. Along with keeping your eye on the ball and using two hands to catch a pop-fly, that’s one of the first rules they teach you in Little League.
Well, just a day later, we’re reminded of yet another Little League rule, only this time, the Major Leaguers did it absolutely right.
So sit back and watch as George Springer and Carlos Correa show you why hitting the cut-off man matters:
That’s a perfect relay from start to finish. Not only did Springer get to that ball after just one bounce, he also made a strong throw to the cut-off man, Correa. Then, Correa turns with a perfect transfer and fires a rocket to the plate where the catcher, Evan Gattis, applies a quick tag.
And it’s not like the runner, Chad Pinder, is some old slow veteran. He’s a quick 25-year-old middle infielder. He can run. Just not fast enough.
Fundamentals, people. They matter.