When is the last time you’ve seen a player attempting to run to third base but instead finds a teammate on the ground in front of the bag?
That scenario may seem impossible, but it played out that way Thursday for the Nationals in their 4-1 loss to the Mets.
“It wasn’t good,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez told MLB.com.
Here’s what happened in the fourth inning in Washington: With Juan Soto on second base, Josh Bell grounded to Mets third baseman Luis Guillorme. Soto decided to run toward third and was caught after a rundown.
Soto ran into Mets pitcher Taijuan Walker, who applied the tag but threw wildly to second base as Bell was trying to advance.
Bell took off to third and had big dreams.
“Honestly, from my vantage point, I was thinking I was going to score because I didn’t think (Mets right fielder Starling) Marte was going to be right there,” Bell told MLB.com. “I thought there were going to be outfielders chasing that ball. So I was looking at (shortstop Francisco) Lindor, and I thought he was trying to deke me with holding his glove up.”
Lindor applied the tag to get the second out, but it wasn’t a double play as Mets writer Anthony DiComo noted.
My favorite part of this video is the Nationals coach imploring Bell to slide into third base as Soto was lying in front of the bag.
Mets manager Buck Showalter had all kinds of emotions about the two-out play.
“I was real proud of our guys getting involved in the rundown and Marte, that’s a play where I had to go get a coat on — I had chill bumps watching him, or maybe towel off,” Showalter told the New York Post. “That’s a play you talk about anticipating angles and throws and getting involved in the play whether it’s batted or thrown.”
Martinez, however, didn’t have goosebumps.
“J.B., once again, just trying to be overly aggressive,” Martinez told the Nationals’ website. But those are two big mistakes. We had a chance with some of our big hitters up there to drive in some runs, and we ran into two outs.”
Luka Doncic evaluates shoulder, ‘tough’ scar after Warriors-Mavericks Game 1
Luka evaluates shoulder, doesn’t mind ‘tough’ Game 1 scar originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Luka Dončić was roughed up in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. And not just in the box score.
“It’s good,” Dončić said of his face scar after the game. “Makes me look tough.”
Dončić also was seen grabbing the back of his shoulder in apparent pain throughout Wednesday’s contest. But following the game, he didn’t seem too concerned.
“I felt a little pain when I shot [the basketball],” he said. “But it’s OK. It’s fine. We’ll get some treatment, and it’ll be fine.”
Dončić was locked down by Andrew Wiggins and the Warriors’ defensive effort, contributing just 20 points and shooting 3 of 10 from deep. He logged a team-worst minus-30 rating in 35 minutes and had more turnovers (7) than field-goal makes (6) for the first time in his playoff career.
Dončić and the Warriors will go at it again in Game 2 on Friday night at Chase Center.
Alabama football coach Nick Saban says Texas A&M ‘paid all of their players’ for 2022 class
BIRMINGHAM — Alabama football coach Nick Saban said Wednesday that Texas A&M “bought every player on their team,” referring to name, image and likeness deals for the top-ranked 2022 recruiting class.
Saban said Alabama didn’t offer NIL deals to its recruits.
“We were second in recruiting last year,” he said. “A&M was first. A&M bought every player on their team. Made a deal for name, image and likeness. We didn’t buy one player. But I don’t know if we’re going to be able to sustain that in the future because more and more people are doing it.”
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Saban, who has been vocal about NIL in college athletics, also said 25 players on Alabama’s roster last season earned NIL revenue totaling $3 million and did it “the right way.”
“Our guys earned it and no one in our locker room had a problem with that,” said Saban.
Saban went on to talk about how NIL is a great concept to allow players to profit, but emphasized concerns about deals being brokered by coaches or boosters.
“Players have always been allowed to work. It’s just a different opportunity for them to make money by working,” said Saban. “There is nothing wrong with that, and I told my players to get agents, get representation and create opportunities for yourself.”
Saban also talked about collectives – entities created to offer or coordinate NIL deals with athletes for specific schools to support those programs.High Tide Traditions, which has no official affiliation with the University of Alabama, was created last month to “create championship level partnerships between business and student-athletes.”
Saban said collectives open up the doors for NIL to be a recruiting tool.
“That’s not what name, image and likeness was supposed to be – that’s what is has become and that is the problem with college athletics right now,” Saban said. “My job is to create a platform for our players to create value for themselves and their future by becoming better people, by graduating from school and developing a career on or off the field.”
Saban also said former Alabama players have made $1.7 billion in the NFL since 2010.
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This article originally appeared on The Tuscaloosa News: Alabama football coach Nick Saban says Texas A&M bought 2022 recruits
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