Jose Molina’s lack of speed is not lost on Robinson Cano.
Jose, like his now-retired brother Bengie, has a reputation for being one of the slowest runners in all of baseball. He has the kind of wheels that turns doubles into singles. Literally. In the second inning of Sunday’s game between the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees, Molina drilled a pitch over Ichiro’s head in right that went off the wall. He only made it to first.
In the sixth inning, Molina came up with one out and the bases loaded. He grounded a ball to short for a routine double play. But what was funny was what Cano did to turn it. Instead of hustling to quickly turn the double play, Cano stepped on second for the force, calmly circled around Kelly Johnson who slid in to break up the double play, took a few steps, did a mini side hop, threw to first, and he still got Molina by two steps.
This fantastic moment was definitely enjoyed by Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon McCarthy:
I cannot stop watching this http://t.co/DAaYdQnZmd
— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) June 23, 2013
Now if you can believe this, Molina was actually credited for a stolen base in the game. Cork Gaines at Rays Index even points out that Molina is 5-for-6 on stolen bases since joining the Rays.
Good job, good effort, Jose.
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