We knew the Philadelphia Phillies were going to pull out all of the stops against the San Francisco Giants on Sunday night in order to even the NLCS. But for a moment it seemed as though pitcher Roy Oswalt(notes) had taken that philosophy 90 feet too far.
After leading off the seventh inning with a solid single to center, Oswalt found himself at second base after a sacrifice bunt and a walk. Placido Polanco(notes) then softly lined one to center that landed just in front of center fielder Andres Torres(notes).
Bases loaded for the Phillies!
Or, maybe not.
"I didn't see [the stop sign] until I got halfway down the line," Oswalt said. "As soon as Polanco hit it, I read it pretty well off the bat and I thought I was scoring straight out. So I had the intention of scoring when I took off, and I wasn't even looking for a stop sign, so I was halfway down the line and I was hoping I'd get in there from there."
Forget the triple or the inside-the-park home run. A slow guy in a jacket — otherwise known as a pitcher — running the bases without any regard for health or well-being; That, my friends, is the most exciting play in baseball.
It's also heart-stopping and cringe-worthy for the fans and teammates of said pitcher.
Do you think manager Charlie Manuel worried as the play unfolded?
"I said 'Go for it,' " Manuel said. "What are we going to do, rope him? I'm not a cowboy, even though I might look like one, talk like one..."
Thankfully, Perlozzo didn't have a lasso, or we may have been robbed from a classic "only in the National League" moment.