Yankees Outfielder Vernon Wells Steals Home for First Time in 15-Year Career
The steal happened in the bottom of the second inning with two outs against the White Sox. Eduardo Nunez attempted to steal second, but stopped in the middle of the basepath on catcher Josh Phegley's throw. Second baseman Gordon Beckham caught the ball and immediately threw home as Wells slid in just before the tag.
It was a heads-up play where he saw an opening and took advantage of a preoccupied defense to put the first run on the board.
While stealing home is uncommon, for a guy like Wells, it's an even bigger deal.
Wells has 108 career steals, but has only stolen six bases this year. In fact, he's reached the 10-steal mark just three times in the span of a decade and a half.
In 1,715 career games, that was the first steal of home in Vernon Wells' career.— The Pinstriped Bible (@pinstripebible) September 4, 2013
As rare of a feat as it is, Wells isn't even on the radar when it comes to the all-time leaders in this category. According to Baseball-Almanac.com, Ty Cobb tops the list with 54 swipes of home plate on his Hall of Fame resume. To put that number in perspective, no active player even has 10.
At this stage of his career, Wells would be lucky to get an opportunity like this ever again.
One Twitter user posted something even more extraordinary that happened elsewhere in MLB on Tuesday:
Evan Gattis (kind of) steals his first base. Vernon Wells steals home. Prince Fielder hits an infield single. The world is yours, slowpokes!— James Bisson (@james_bisson) September 4, 2013
It's just one of those nights that can't be explained.
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