Baseball bloopers are going to be fun regardless of how they go down, but some of my favorite bloopers occur on the basepaths. When a runner is caught stealing in the worst possible way, the battle that ensues is one that could potentially be a Bugs Bunny cartoon in the making.
I don't know what it is, but even if the runner picked off is on my team, I just get some sort of sick pleasure out of seeing them fail, as do most fans. Simply put, baserunning fails add a great comedic effect to baseball, and without them, our national pastime could slowly inch into the world of the dull and boring.
Thus, I've scoured through the video files and picked five of the biggest baserunning fails on YouTube.
This occurred in Game 3 of the 2004 World Series, when the St. Louis Cardinals faced off against the Boston Red Sox. Pitcher Jeff Suppan was standing on third base, but he was misunderstanding commands from coach Jose Oquendo and misreading the play on the field.
Perhaps he should have paid more attention during warm-ups that day.
Poor Ryan Braun. Just when he's so close to having an inside-the-park home run, he gets overexcited rounding third base and falls flat on his face a few feet away from his goal. To add insult to injury, he got tagged out almost too easily.
And yet, this is our reigning NL MVP!
Call me heartless, but isn't it just plain funny watching Pablo Sandoval run? The little tidbit added to this video makes it all the more funnier.
Yet, in all seriousness, it sucks that he trips en route to third base in this video. For some reason, I can't stop laughing!
Rule No. 1 of baserunning: Don't run so hard to first base that you trip, fall and hurt yourself.
I guess that Roberto Hernandez (formerly known as Fausto Carmona) didn't get that memo.
Ruben Rivera was once a hot prospect in the New York Yankees organization, but he was traded to the San Diego Padres for Hideki Irabu in 1997 and never reached his full potential. Primarily, his plate discipline and baseball IQ were just plain awful.
After watching him epically fail at Baserunning 101 in this clip, somehow I'm not so sad that the Yankees gave him up for one of the worst pitchers in team history.