Todd Frazier almost had himself a little mishap in the third inning of Wednesday afternoon’s Padres-Reds game, but the Padres’ Brooks Conrad was there to save him.
Tommy Medica hits a high foul pop off Johnny Cueto and Frazier, heedless of any danger, races toward the Padres’ dugout to make the play. Frazier runs up against the railing and almost flips head-first into the dugout.
Thank goodness Conrad was there to keep Frazier’s momentum from carrying him over the railing into the dugout, because it could have been ugly. There could have been a faceburger in Frazier’s future had Conrad not played the hero.
I can almost hear the hardcore “old school” baseball fans yelling that Conrad should have let Frazier fall into the dugout. Sure. Win the game at all costs. Win even if it means standing there watching while another human being breaks his face on the floor of the dugout.
Even if Frazier hadn’t broken his face, making contact with that dugout floor would not have been pleasant. There is nothing in this world filthier than a dugout floor. Even if Frazier hadn’t broken anything, he might still have ended up with a nasty infection or some kind of horrible allergic reaction to sunflower seed husks or discarded bubble gum wrappers.
Anything could have happened. But Brooks Conrad prevented that disaster. Good Guy Brooks Conrad gets a gold star for the day.