Johnny Damon’s double steal video from last night has gone viral this morning, and if you haven’t seen it, we have it below. Read more about it here.
It was Game 4 of the Yankees/Phillies World Series, and thanks to Johnny Damon’s double steal (video below), it eventually led to a win for the Yanks.
Here’s how it went down. It was the top of the 9th, game tied at 4 a piece, 2 outs. Damon took to the plate and singles to left field. Up next at the plate was switch hitter Mark Teixeira, which prompted second baseman Chase Utley to move into right field and shortstop Jimmy Rollins to head over to the second base side of the bag, while Pedro Feliz, who was at third, was now between third and short.
Damon went to steal second base, with Feliz having to catch the ball on the right field side of the bag from catcher Carlos Ruiz. That’s when Damon took off. He saw that there was no one covering third. He said:
“I’m just glad that when I started running, I still had some of my young legs behind me.”
When asked who was responsible for covering third, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said:
“It’s the catcher or pitcher. They’ve got to be heads-up. Evidently there was some miscommunication there. That’s the first time we’ve had it happen to us this year but, at the same time, somebody has got to be covering third base.”
It went downhill for the Phillies after that. Pitcher Brad Lidge ended up hitting Teixeira, and next up to bat was Alex Rodriguez. He hit one down the left field line, with Damon scoring, Teixeira to third and A-Rod to second.
Jorge Posada singled to left field, bringing Teixeira and Rodriguez home, and the Yankees eventually win, 7-4. Game 5 airs tonight and the Yankees lead the series 3-1.
What do you think of Johnny Damon’s double steal? Video is below for your viewing pleasure. Just an amazing play, wasn’t it? Leave me your thoughts in the comment section.
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