Cleveland’s Austin Jackson Didn’t Bother Running Out The Last Out Of Game 5 (VIDEO)
On Wednesday night, eleven and a half months after choking up a 3-1 lead over the Chicago Cubs in the World Series, the Cleveland Indians choked up a 2-0 lead over the New York Yankees in the American League Division Series. And perhaps the worst part about it is they didn’t even go down fighting.
With a runner on second and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Indians center fielder Austin Jackson took a 100-mph pitch from Aroldis Chapman, and the home plate umpire punched him out. However, the game shouldn’t have been over just yet. Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez dropped the ball. That means, to get Jackson out, he should have had to throw down to first base.
Unfortunately, Jackson didn’t even bother running. He was too preoccupied with arguing the call, which was utterly pointless, to even realize that Sanchez had dropped the pitch.
Take a look:
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Obviously, Sanchez almost certainly would have beaten Jackson with his throw to first. So running probably wouldn’t have changed the outcome of the game. But the thing is, you never really know unless you run it out. Crazy things happen in baseball all the time.
If Sanchez threw the ball over the first baseman’s head, the runner on second would have scored, and Jackson would have advanced to second base. All of the sudden, the Indians would have had the tying run at the plate.
Don’t do like Austin Jackson, kids. Always. Run. It. Out.
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