April 09, 2017

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 5 comments

An American crowd chanting "SER-GI-O!"?

It sounded great.

posted by grum@work at 07:39 PM on April 09, 2017

After Garcia missed the winning putt on 18, I was convinced he'd collapse mentally and not show up for the playoff hole -- the past repeating itself once again.

Really glad he got to bury his demons and win his first major instead.

posted by Goyoucolts at 08:08 PM on April 09, 2017

This was posted on the r/baseball subreddit. I echo the question: how the living hell is this not a balk?!?

3b camera:

Slo-mo shot from 1b camera:

posted by hincandenza at 08:15 PM on April 09, 2017

That's the most balkingest balk that ever balked.

posted by grum@work at 09:19 PM on April 09, 2017

That's a balk in anybody's rule book. The pitchers right leg goes almost directly toward the plate. In order for this not to be a balk, the leg must go toward first base. We umpires are taught to use the beginning of the running lane (the double line along the last half of the first base line) as a target. That is, if the pitcher's foot lands on the home plate side of an imaginary line from the pitcher's plate to the beginning of the running lane, it's a balk.

posted by Howard_T at 01:29 PM on April 10, 2017

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