Saturday, March 3, 2012

Storytelling Sunday: Squeeze Play

From Wikipedia:
In baseball, the squeeze play is a maneuver consisting of a sacrifice bunt with a runner on third base. The batter bunts the ball, expecting to be thrown out at first base, but providing the runner on third base an opportunity to score. . . . In a safety squeeze, the runner at third does not take off until the batter makes contact bunting, waiting for more certainty that the ball will go to a location from which it will be difficult for the fielding team to make an out at home plateIn a suicide squeeze, the runner takes off as soon as the pitcher begins to throw the pitch, before releasing the ball. If properly executed, a play at home plate is extremely unlikely. However, if the batter fails to make contact with the pitch, the runner is likely to be put out at home plate (hence, "suicide"). Therefore, the suicide squeeze usually requires a skilled bunter who can make contact consistently, even on difficult pitches, and a confident, aggressive base runner. These plays are often used in the late innings of a close game in order to score an insurance, winning, or tying run.
Suicide Squeeze all the way . . . 
And safe at home. For the go-ahead run.  Nice!
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This story, in pictures and words, is brought to you as part of Sian's Storytelling Sunday. For more great stories, check out this link.

37 comments:

Amy said...

I know so little about baseball, this is a help! Great photos Rinda .. the new camera?

Ruth said...

Marvellous photos and thanks for the explanation.

JO SOWERBY said...

blimey i'm more confused about baseball now. makes the off-side rule in football sound like a doddle,
jo xxx

Mary B said...

You have some excellent action photos here Rinda well done indeed

scrappyjacky said...

Love the photos,Rinda....but I'm afraid I'm no less confused about baseball!!!!!!

Alison said...

Love the pics...but like most of us Brits am still totally in the dark about Baseball!
Alison xx

Jimjams said...

Your sports photography is excellent - the glorious weather helps of course - it's pouring here today :o(

Karen said...

Fabulous photo Rhinda and I too haven't a clue about baseball.

Miriam said...

Your photos are wonderful, sorry the explanation went straight over my head too.

Sian said...

I did actually get a chance to watch some baseball when I was holidaying near Boston once, but it was a long time ago. This is interesting for all sorts of reasons, not least becasue I have discovered that you spell manouevre completely differently! And your photos are wonderful. Thanks for a baseball story in pictures today Rinda

Wanda said...

Nice action shots, and I probably learned more about baseball in your story than I have the whole rest of my life!

debs14 said...

Suddenly the offside rule in British football seems much easier to understand!
Great photos to illustrate the story.

heart.hearth.home. said...

You lost me on the sacrifice bunt but I really appreciate the photographs. A great post, so colourful in words and photos.

Louise said...

such fantastic action shots.

laurie said...

baseball is a much more complicated game than it looks to the novice! your photos really add to the explanation of the play.

Becky said...

Great photos and explanation - will come in handy when we are in the States this summer as we have booked to see Oakland Athletics play the Padres!

Karen said...

Your sports photos are awesome! I sure wish I'd known how to take photos like this when Matt was playing soccer!

furrypig said...

I really don't understand baseball at all! But I do enjoy all your sporty snaps xxx

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Oh dear, more terms I am going to have to learn. :) Love the photos you have to go with this.

Sabrina S. said...

Hi,
Thanks for sharing your story and your photos. I once was to a baseball game when I came to the US, I'm not sure I understand that sport…I found it hard to follow. But I loved it.
Cheers from France

Irene said...

I couldn't have explained it any better and your photos are great. Just want to know was that the winning run?

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

Wow, Rinda, you got some fantastic shots!!! And thanks for the info on squeeze plays. I actually learned something today!

Ginger said...

gorgeous shots Rinda:) I did not know this about baseball, thanks for a great explanation!

Mommy2CVC said...

Great shots Rinda! Everyone has so many questions you left us wanting more! I too want to know did they win and if you are using your new camera!?

jennifer said...

I'd love to watch a baseball game one day! Thanks for info, told so well with your photos, x

Melissa said...

Fabulous photos Rinda, and a great job explaining what was happening!

Kirsty.a said...

Fantastic pictures, though i'm afraid most of your explanation went over my head!

Kirsty.a said...

Fantastic pictures, though i'm afraid most of your explanation went over my head!

Kirsty.a said...

Fantastic pictures, though i'm afraid most of your explanation went over my head!

Kirsty.a said...

Fantastic pictures, though i'm afraid most of your explanation went over my head!

Kirsty.a said...

Fantastic pictures, though i'm afraid most of your explanation went over my head!

Kirsty.a said...

Fantastic pictures, though i'm afraid most of your explanation went over my head!

Gail said...

Great action shots Rinda and I never knew about a suicide squeeze before. I'll have to watch out for one once the season starts.

Carrie Rosalind said...

What great pictures - especially that last one!! Thanks for teaching me the lingo - I'll have to try to work it in for my next softball game! :)

Jo said...

Great pictures and I feel more educated in the sport of baseball now :)

Amy said...

You learn something every day! Thanks for sharing, sorry I took so long to get around to reading :p

Chipper said...

So glad you explained it or I would have been very perplexed :-) Great action photos.