Much like the double rainbow, the double slide into third base is a rare and mystifying event you're not likely to forget.
Unlike the life-affirming double rainbow, however, observers of the double slide are left with a sinking sensation in their solar plexus and a renewed distrust in the competency of their fellow man.
Always in the giving mood when it comes to this special brand of awfulness, two of the Miami Marlins decided to treat fans to the rare double slide during Wednesday’s game against the Washington Nationals.
With the game tied 2-2 in the top of the sixth, Marlins first baseman Logan Morrison and infielder Donovan Solano ended up sliding simultaneously into third base.
Morrison—who had started the play on third—was caught in a rundown, and dove into the base at the same time as Solano’s slide. Solano had began his run from first, and turned the corner believing Morrison would either score or be tagged out at home plate. He was wrong.
The result was an awkward pile of men on third base, and a confused Ian Desmond, who attempted to tag both base runners. Morrison wound up being called for the tag, but had both he and Solano been called out, this play would've reached a level of beauty few other baseball moments could match.
It still was an amazing and ugly sight—like a dump truck drifting around a corner, only to slam into another dump truck. It was a full double slide into third base. It was so vivid.
Wipe those tears, Marlins fans. These double complete slides into third don’t happen often. Hopefully you’ll never have to see it again.
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