37-year-old Torii Hunter pulled a veteran move on the young squad during the second inning of the Detroit Tigers’ 18-2 whooping on Saturday.
Hunter was up with the bases empty and two outs. He hit a ground ball between first and second and Carlos Pena dove to make the stop. The ball went off Pena’s glove and was picked up by second baseman Jose Altuve. After beating out the infield hit, Hunter was hanging out on first when he noticed nobody was paying attention. Altuve, shortstop Ronny Cedeno, and pitcher Lucas Harrell had turned their backs to him, while Pena was dusting himself off from the dirt he accumulated after his dive.
By the time Harrell realized something was up, Hunter was already on second. Hunter then gave a shoulder shrug upon reaching second as if to say, “They left it open for me, why not take it?”
Miguel Cabrera then drove in Hunter with his first of two home runs in the game. He went 4-for-4 with six RBIs while Hunter also had four hits.
It’s not uncommon for players to turn their back to a baserunner after a hit. The only difference is they usually ask the umpire for time out in order to prevent baserunners from advancing. Someone on Houston forgot to do it for Houston that time.