John Lackey stolen base

John Lackey did the unthinkable tonight. The Cubs pitcher singled during the fourth inning of Wednesday’s game against the Reds, his first hit in more than two months. Then he made history, taking off for second before pitcher Homer Bailey even delivered to the plate for his first career stolen base at 38 years young.

He looked like he was on a slip-and-slide rather than a baseball diamond as he slid into second, but congratulations are in order nonetheless.

Apparently, even he was a bit shocked he stole second. When Ben Zobrist walked, Lackey wandered off second base as if he assumed there was also a runner on first. He tried to recover, but Tucker Barnhart’s throw beat him to the bag by a hair.

Lackey may have robbed the Cubs of a scoring opportunity, but a few minutes later he robbed Joey Votto of an historic hit. Votto has reached base multiple in 20 straight games, one shy of Ted Williams’ MLB record. He already singled in the first, and this liner would have gotten through for another base hit if not for Lackey’s quick reflexes.

The Cubs ended up winning on another fluke play, the rare walk-off wild pitch:

And after the game, Lackey, with typical John Lackey eloquence, detailed why he decided to do it:

While Votto keeps chasing Williams, Lackey begins his chase for Ricky Henderson.


About Jesse Kramer

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