The Baltimore Orioles have held their spot at the top of the American League standings over the last few seasons thanks in large part to their solid defense as a team. To say that their defense lapsed on Monday night against the New York Yankees, however, would be a vast understatement.
With runners on first and third, the Yankees went all ‘throwback Monday’ on the Orioles. That’s right, they went for the good old double steal play circa every Little League game ever in which there were runners on first and third.
From there it was chaos. It was the type of chaos that typically ensues in Little League games as the Orioles followed one throwing error with another. And then another. Headley never stopped running, and he ended up scoring from first base when the ball did not even leave the infield.
Sometimes the throwing errors that stack up on each other in the same play result from panic and sometimes they result from resigned carelessness. In this case the Orioles showed us a little bit of both and it cost them two runs.
Check out video of the zany play that plated two Yankees’ runs below, courtesy of MLB.com: