Tabler is a Poor Substitute for my Wrath
Beating up on Pat Tabler strikes me like kicking a dog (or child) for slobbering all over you. What do you expect? Being a goober is just the way he is, and it would be both a little sad and a little scary, if he started giving restrained, studied commentary.
(That being said, I would get out the hobnails if it would turn his Jeter-crush down a notch. Did he really just call for a replay of the inning-ending bases-loaded play an inning ago where Jeter ranged a foot and a half into the hole and threw the ball 20 feet straight in front of him instead of trying one of his laughable jump throws to first base? Yeah, handing the ball to the third baseman is really a play you have to think about before it happens).
Anyway, another of his favorites is suggesting that an infielder should have dropped a ball not called an infield fly for an easy double play. He brings it up constantly, has sold Jamie on the idea and evidently the third man in the both is for stats, not rules, because no- you can’t do that:
“A batter is out when a fielder intentionally drops a fair fly ball or line drive, with first, first and second, first and third, or first, second and third base occupied before two are out. The ball is dead and runner or runners shall return to their original base or bases. In this situation, the batter is not out if the fielder permits the ball to drop untouched to the ground, except when the Infield Fly rule applies.”
The only way it works is if you can let the ball drop untouched and still turn two, which is super, super rare. Cute but wrong, Tabby…
Wow, speaking of cute plays, that was some brilliant psychological warfare baserunning by Joe Inglett! I haven’t seen the ol’ “do-something-incredibly-stupid-on-the-basepaths- to-distract-the-center-fielder” play to break up the double play in YEARS. That’s old-time baseball. He does the little things right, you know? He’s a professional. Truly a baseball player.