Catcher Meme #34: Big Leaguers Don't Always Do It Better
Yesterday, during an ALCS clinching win, Kansas City Royals' SS Alcides Escobar scored the go ahead run in the bottom of the 1st inning after Orioles' catcher Caleb Joseph made one of the cardinal sins during a play at home plate. With plenty of time to secure the ball with two hands, he instead tried a sweep-tag, and never quite controlled the ball in his glove. The ball squirted out before Escobar ever made contact with Joseph's glove (may have been able to knock it loose anyway), leading to the first run of the game.
Catchers, this is a prime example why it doesn't matter what you see your favorite MLB catcher do....often, their approach is NOT the best approach. And in a situation like this, it cost the Orioles greatly.
As a catcher we are so hands-on during every pitch/play that we have to do everything we can to minimize any negative affect on our team and the outcome of a game. Don't let a preventable mistake be the reason your team leaves the ballpark without the "W". USE TWO HANDS!
On a side note, congrats to the Royals and the city of Kansas City on their incredible run.