Infielders are constantly trying to deek base runners into thinking they’ve caught the ball, forcing guys to freeze on the base paths and possibly save runs from being scored.
Most of the time it doesn’t work. But occasionally it does work, brilliantly. And it’s always hilarious when it happens.
The Mets’ Daniel Murphy pulled off a great deek Friday night against the Rockies’ Jorge De La Rosa, making De La Rosa think he’d caught a ball that he was nowhere near and causing De La Rosa to go absolutely frozen between first and second.
De La Rosa is going to be fined by his teammates for that. And he should be fined. No way in heck do you let yourself get deeked out like that on a liner that the fielder has no shot to catch.
That is just pure humiliation there.
I don’t honestly think Daniel Murphy even believed that would fool him. He just went through the motions as a matter of routine. I bet he looked over and saw De La Rosa frozen there and thought, “Holy crap, that actually worked.”