timwakefield, on Wednesday, July 6th, 2011, 11:16 PM, said:
Oh I thought Varitek played it quite well, although I agree that Encarnacion may have actually been safe. I think Encarnacion was surprised that the throw got there so quickly, and then perhaps didn't realize that Tek's left leg is made of steel (apparently). Then after the initial collision they both sort of swept around and Tek tagged him about the instant Edwin's other leg went wobbling around the plate and maybe scraped across it. Anyway, yeah they probably could have each changed the play by playing it slightly more perfectly, but it was fun either way. It would have been a hellish loss if Pap had given up 3 in the 9th like that after we shut them out for 8 (and then I just assume we would have gone on to lose).
Well, unless the slide is absolutely directly on the leg, it doesn't bounce off like that, but skims off to the side. Considering the throw beat him to the plate by 10 feet, Varitek might've wanted to bend those 90-year old knees to actually get the ball somewhere near Encarnacion.Varitek's leg is extremely bouncey.Looked like Varitek stayed straight, possibly bracing himself for a collision. Would love if he didn't have to worry about getting slammed when trying to tag someone out, so he could do it properly without risking his life over it.
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