Monday, March 23, 2009

Pure hustle

I just saw something I've never quite seen on a baseball field.

Sixth inning of tonight's World Baseball Classic match between Korea and Japan. Korean hitter Yong Kyu-Lee drew a walk. In an impressive strike-'em-out, throw-'em-out situation, Yong was caught stealing second base. In the process, he slid head-first into the bag so hard that the bill of his helmet snapped off on the Japan shortstop's leg.

He literally BROKE HIS HELMET sliding into second base.

That's hustle, now. That's Pete Rose hustle.

Not to beat a dead horse, but can you imagine a Team USA player sliding that hard into second base? And not just during the WBC - how about during an MLB game? Or even the World Series?

--Matt Kelsey

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