Yeah, there are pennant races to be contested and a steroid suspension to be appealed, but can the baseball universe just pause for a second to appreciate the beauty that was Eric Young's hustle on Tuesday night? The New York Mets left fielder scored from second on an infield single by Juan Lagard in the eighth inning of the team's 3-2 win over the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. The mad dash resulted in the eventual winning run and reminded all of us why even an early August game between two teams that are both 10 games under .500 can still be a very beautiful thing.
Here's what Young told reporters after the win:
''Pretty much I knew it was a slow roller so it was going to be all-out play for the second base to make at first and as long as I continued running the whole way, he had to make the perfect throw to first and the perfect throw to get me.''
Young also made a great diving catch to rob Todd Helton and end a bases-loaded threat in the sixth inning. It wasn't lost on him that both highlight-reel efforts came against his former team, though he said "there's no hard feelings" against the Rockies.
After seeing stellar, hustle-bound plays like that, how could there be?