Orioles manager Buck Showalter was interviewed from the dugout during the TBS broadcast and shared his thoughts on J.J. Hardy being deked by Alex Rodriguez at third base in the third inning of Game 2 of the ALDS on Monday night.
Third-base coach DeMarlo Hale was waving Hardy home after a grounder got past Yankees shortsop Derek Jeter, but Hardy stopped when he saw Rodriguez flash his glove at the bag, and he was eventually stranded at third.
“DeMarlo [Hale] is one of the finest third base coaches in all of baseball and I’ve had some really good ones," Showalter told Ernie Johnson, Cal Ripken Jr. and John Smoltz on the broadcast. "J.J. [Hardy] is one of our better base-runners. The only thing you can do is glance over your shoulder a little bit. That’s one of those plays that’s really hard to read. Derek Jeter makes that play more times than not. J.J. is just a good base-runner and DeMarlo is good there so I trust their judgment.”
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The crew then compared the play to Game 7 of the 1991 World Series, when Minnesota second baseman Chuck Knoblauch's deke on Lonnie Smith helped the Twins win a classic over the Braves?
Atlanta's starter in that game? John Smoltz.