Dioner Navarro made a gutsy call during Thursday night’s game against the Chicago White Sox and attempted to run all the bases in one fell swoop.
It did not end well.
The Toronto Blue Jays catcher hit a ball deep into left field in the bottom of the fifth and ran like mad after a muffed grab by White Sox outfielder Dayan Viciedo.
Navarro, who appeared destined for a double at the time, picked up another break when center fielder Leury Garcia served up a throwing error and chucked the ball to the right field line.
Seizing the opportunity, the catcher took his third base coach’s signal and ran for home. And that’s when things got dicey.
Navarro made it to home just as the ball entered Adrian Nieto’s mitt and began to dance. The Blue Jays catcher attempted to shimmy around Nieto, nearly falling in the process before receiving a tag.
It was a good run, Dioner. You and your third base coach went for glory, but the real world has little compassion for heroes. Then again, if there’s a time to get greedy, it’s when you’re up 5-0.
The Blue Jays went on to blank the White Sox 7-0, improving to 45-36 on the season. Chicago, on the other hand, has lost seven of its last nine games—a trend that will continue against the Blue Jays if no one can hit, catch or throw a ball.
Put it this way: When Dioner Navarro is threatening to beat you with his feet, your house is on fire. You never want to give up an inside-the-park home run (or a double and a two-base error) to the Dioner.
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