August 7, 2007

Ramirez: HR 43, RBI 130, INT 1

And now, for no reason at all, this:

The Retrosheet description of this game can't do the play justice. The shortness of the clip takes something away from it as well (there was a longer version online a while ago but it got taken off YouTube by MLB thugs). Yet there is something quintessentially Mannyesque about the Great Unexpected Cutoff of 2004. As you can see, Damon in centerfield picks up a wall-ball and tries to fire it to 3rd when Ramirez dives improbably into its path from off-screen, allowing the runner to score. It was officially recorded an inside-the-park-HR, but we all know what it really should have been labeled: an interception.