Royals' Alcides Escobar Eludes Tag with Ninja-Like Precision

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterSeptember 19, 2013

Someone's been watching The Sandlot and taking notes. 

Welcome to the final couple weeks of the season, where every run matters and crazy things are bound to happen. 

On Wednesday night, the Cleveland Indians were taking on the Royals in Kansas City. With the Royals leading 3-2 in the fifth inning, Alex Gordon took off on what looked to be a delayed steal with Alcides Escobar on third. 

Sadly, nobody shouted out "Pickle!" yet we still see Gordon in quite the predicament. As the Indians tried to tag Gordon, they caught Escobar creeping off third base.

Now, we have ourselves a good ol' fashioned rundown at home. Unfortunately for the Indians, this one didn't last very long, because the ball found Yan Gomes who sprinted after the Royals shortstop only to fly right by him as Escobar hit the breaks. 

It was a move straight out of Top Gun, with far fewer fighter jets and volleyball scenes (link somewhat NSFW). 

In the end, all Gomes could do was shake his head and tip his hat to a solid move from Escobar—much like the Indians fan does at the 25-second mark. 

It's now a six-team race for two wild-card spots. After the eventual 7-2 win, the Royals are now just 2.5 games behind the Rangers for the second spot, and the Indians still remain a half-game behind Texas for the all-important playoff game. 

While you should measure your expectations in seeing this type of stuff every night for the next couple of weeks, we are confident that the American League wild-card race will have an epic conclusion.


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