Now they're facing an exit from that same ALDS thanks to a similar misplay from Coco Crisp:
Crisp's error on Miguel Cabrera's fly ball in the seventh inning of Oakland's 5-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers in Sunday's Game 2 of the ALDS held some similarities to Hamilton's miscue. Mostly in that a clean play by Crisp would have ended the inning and two runs came into score when the catch wasn't made. And like Hamilton, plenty of folks are talking about it after the game.
What's different is that Crisp had a tougher play to make because he was playing Cabrera deep and the distance he was forced to run put him in a weird no man's land in which the choice between a regular grab and a basket catch was a tough one. Crisp chose the basket attempt and it looked like his momentum led to the error, even though his second effort almost reeled the bouncing baseball back for an out.
"I had to make a decision between turning my glove over and going for the basket catch or trying to slide into the ball," Crisp told reporters. "I've made the catch both ways, and obviously this time, I made the wrong decision."
Instead, the ball bounced to the Comerica Park turf, Austin Jackson and Omar Infante came around for a 3-2 Tigers lead and the A's were on their way to needing three straight wins back home to continue their season.
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