Listen, no one in or around the game is going to seriously question the baseball IQ of J.T. Realmuto. He’s one of the more talented and intelligent players out there. Plus, he’s a catcher and they just tend to be among the most thoughtful players on the field. But today, Realmuto fell for one of the oldest tricks in the book. And at a devastating time in the game.
Watch as he advances safely to third base on a little blooper hit to the shortstop, but then comes off the bag at third long enough to be tagged out, because Justin Turner pretended to let the ball sail over his head.
JT Realmuto falls for the ol “Oh no the ball got by me!” trick in the bottom of the 10th down 1 run!
— Ben Verlander (@BenVerlander) May 22, 2022
Now check the score and time of the game!
The Phillies were down a run in the bottom of the 10th, and Realmuto made the first out at third base. BRUTAL. And so very against The Book. But it got even crazier from there.
Immediately after that play, Johan Carmago struck out for the second out of the inning. But the Phillies picked their veteran catcher up, scoring two (and winning the game) on a single and an error that let TWO RUNS score on a grounder to second base.
I mean, look at this ridiculousness!
Phiwadewphia Phiwwies. pic.twitter.com/kMzcEO7NAa
— MLB (@MLB) May 22, 2022
So, I guess all’s well that ends well for the Phillies.