The incomparable Lou Merloni will join Joe and Dale to call the game tonight.
Poor Castig. He deserves better.
Whoever this is doing play by play on WEEI is the worst I’ve ever heard.
Why wouldn't it be?Wait, what? It’s a force play at the plate there? I guess that makes sense, but I’ve never seen that.
Yup -- it can only happen with two outs. When the catcher throws to first base it's also a force which is why the fielder only needs to touch the base not the runner.Wait, what? It’s a force play at the plate there? I guess that makes sense, but I’ve never seen that.
The important part, though, is two outs. If there were one or none out and the runner on third in bases loaded tries to score on a third strike not caught, it's not a force and the catcher would have to tag the runner to get him out and it's a timing play at the other bases (but that would virtually never come in to play).Why wouldn't it be?
If he went back to 3rd
That runner goes back to 2nd
That runner goes back to 1st
The hitter has nowhere to go.
Same as if the hitter had bunted the ball.
He has to go somewhere - setting up a force.