Randy Arozarena’s steal of home was even cooler from up close

By Chris Korman

There’s so much to love about baseball.

[Places fedora upon head.]

It’s the thinking person’s game. Strategy is everything! But also skill! Nothing is harder than hitting a baseball, except perhaps throwing one in such a way that nobody can hit it.

Can’t you smell the fresh-cut grass? The Cracker Jacks? The sticky stale absurdly expensive beer that some guy spilled in the 3rd–

[Removes fedora quickly.]

Sorry about that. Wait, do they still make Cracker Jacks?

Anyway, baseball’s great. It’s just that, compared to the free-flowing sports, displays of dramatic, world-class athleticism are relatively scattered.

Which makes Rays rookie Randy Arozarena’s daring steal of home in an ALDS game against Boston all the more thrilling, especially from this angle:

My favorite part of this video is that you can see the quarter-second of hesitation in Brandon Lowe when he thinks, “Wait, uhh, is Randy running at me? He is, right? Yes, yes, he’s trying to steal home, better step out.”

Honestly I just want to watch every angle of this, over and over.

According to Rays manager Kevin Cash, Arozarena had been begging to steal home for a while now, pleading by saying, “Verde, verde, verde.” Basically: Green light?

Thankfully he got it, scoring the final run in a 5-0 Game 1 victory. Arozarena became the first player ever to steal home and homer in a playoff game.

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