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That's fucking amazing.

So few players have the speed to execute that steal of home, and he may be the only one savvy enough to pull it off. Holy shit.
 

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I love how during the challenge of his throw to second to end the game he turned his hat backwards and untucked his shirt. He knew his throw was good and the game was over.
 

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This is absurd. I tried (and failed) to find a cut sequence of his single followed by steal - steal - steal.

Like the dude was resetting his helmet then was like ‘boom, cakewalk’. The P panicked so much the throw was 4 feet wide.

Side note - amazing P hit 98 on the black then miss basic flips to 1b
 

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Just saw that 3 steal sequence. What I LOVE is how savvy he was to realize that the P had completely stopped paying attention to him at 3rd and was walking with his back to home plate. Just remarkable smarts to go along with his great athleticism.
 

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So in the past two weeks this dude hit for the cycle, made Dave Martinez take a huge L with that glorious HR, flashed a laser arm and stole second, third & home on two pitches. He came up on June 6th.

Also, he has swagger in abundance. Superstar.
 

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It was not just the same inning, but same batter. I'm curious if that's potentially a MLB first.
 

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He's the most exciting player since...?
Tatis a few years ago. Easy to forget since he disappeared for a while, but Tatis was just as exciting.

I was going to make an argument for Julio last year as well, but it feels like Tatis and Elly are in a tier of their own just in terms of swagger.
 

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sox hop missed the part where de la Cruz is the first Reds player to do it since 1919
 

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He creates viral moments seemingly every game, in a sport that desperately needs to attract a younger audience. Manfred should be thanking God this kid came along.
 

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The only way this could have been better is if it happened against the Nationals.
 

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He creates viral moments seemingly every game, in a sport that desperately needs to attract a younger audience. Manfred should be thanking God this kid came along.
Quick! Make everything PPV only!
-probably some suit in MLB offices
 

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It was actually 3 pitches, he stole second on a 1-0 pitch, waited a pitch, and stole third (and then home) on the 1-1 pitch.
Whoops you're right. I was watching the game and could have sworn he took 3rd on the pitch immediately after taking 2nd. My bad. These games are too fast! Ban the pitch clock!
 

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That was two pitches. One on the steal of first to second, one on the steal of third and no pitch on the steal of home. What am I missing?

The fact that we are even making this distinction should tell you how ridiculous that sequence was. Two or three pitches...dude went from first to home without the ball being batted, like at all. Its insane and amazing.

I will be shocked if this dude isn't bringing in marginal fans by the end of the season. He is a one person show.
 

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I thought the steal of 3rd came on the pitch immediately after the steal of 2nd. But there was a strike in between. It was my mistake. And yes, he is a show all unto himself.
 

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That was two pitches. One on the steal of first to second, one on the steal of third and no pitch on the steal of home. What am I missing?

The fact that we are even making this distinction should tell you how ridiculous that sequence was. Two or three pitches...dude went from first to home without the ball being batted, like at all. Its insane and amazing.

I will be shocked if this dude isn't bringing in marginal fans by the end of the season. He is a one person show.
Agree and TBH I'm pretty sure he is already bringing in marginal fans now.
 

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I thought the steal of 3rd came on the pitch immediately after the steal of 2nd. But there was a strike in between. It was my mistake. And yes, he is a show all unto himself.
Actually language can be confusing some times. There were indeed three pitches during that sequence but only two of the three steals came on pitches.

That steal of home is simply a human being realizing freedom.
 

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Actually language can be confusing some times. There were indeed three pitches during that sequence but only two of the three steals came on pitches.
Phew, now that great mystery is solv-ved, can you perhaps tell me how a last place team can make the playoffs?
 

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They said EDLC was only the second player post-1961 to steal three bases during the same plate appearance. Maybe our pal @Brand Name can check how many pitches that took him as I didn't see that anywhere.

"May 18, 1969 Rod Carew, 3rd inning with Harmon Killebrew batting"
 

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Phew, now that great mystery is solv-ved, can you perhaps tell me how a last place team can make the playoffs?
1. Build a cloning machine
2. Clone good players like Bello and Duran and Yoshida and maybe steal some of EDLC's DNA too. Clone the hell out of that.
3. Profit!

Or just win three more games down the stretch than the Yankees, Blue Jays and Astros.
 

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First off, 1919 as the year of the last previous Red to do this is wrong, we had to be careful about that on the Net. Let's not do that here. :)


They said EDLC was only the second player post-1961 to steal three bases during the same plate appearance. Maybe our pal @Brand Name can check how many pitches that took him as I didn't see that anywhere.

"May 18, 1969 Rod Carew, 3rd inning with Harmon Killebrew batting"
Two ways to look at this. Three total pitches to steal 2nd/3rd/home, but the steals themselves come within two pitches, as one pitch didn't involve a steal.
 

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Two ways to look at this. Three total pitches to steal 2nd/3rd/home, but the steals themselves come within two pitches, as one pitch didn't involve a steal.
Sorry, I was not clear, I was curious how many pitches it took Carew to steal his three bases in a row.
 

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Sorry, I was not clear, I was curious how many pitches it took Carew to steal his three bases in a row.
Aha, my mistake. Sorry about that. Unfortunately, with the exception of some Dodgers games, most games do not record pitches and counts like this going back far; this game is no exception. They only started doing so regularly for regular season games remarkably as recently as 1988.
 

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Ah, thanks! I will have to stick with ‘probably unprecedented’.
 

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Ah, thanks! I will have to stick with ‘probably unprecedented’.
My pleasure as always. Got to thank you for where my life is now, notes and questions like yours made me want to learn how to research them!

I was going to agree with your post above until about an hour ago. This clipping from a 1915 Chicago Tribune seems to imply it may have happened on the totality of one pitch previously in a way that truly exemplifies how different a game baseball was back then.

View: https://twitter.com/OptaSTATS/status/1678245601689862144
 

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The interesting part about that is if you click through, they report the Carew one came over the span of two batters.
 

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I don't pay for MLB TV. And at least according to the current schedules, the Reds are going to be on exactly 2 national telecasts (ESPN, Fox, FS1, TBS) the rest of the regular season. And they'll be on MLB Network twice, but probably not here because of the regional broadcast. Huge missed opportunity to sell the most exciting player in the game right now. Even if he turns out to be a short-term phenom instead of a longterm superstar, why aren't they doing everything they can to promote this kid?