Posted on 31 March 2010 by Wanna Be Sports Guy
The tone of the 2006 Division Series was set early, and with great embarrassment for the Los Angeles Dodgers. It was Game 1, second inning, nobody out. Jeff Kent was on second base, J.D. Drew on first. With Mets pitcher John Maine clearly in a jam, Russell Martin lashed a drive into the right field corner. That part is clear. The rest is too bizarre to even make sense of.
Kent gets a terrible read on the ball and a lousy jump off of second. As he’s headed to third, the ball bounces right back to rightfielder Shawn Green, who throws a perfect relay to Jose Valentin, who fires the ball to Paul Lo Duca. Third base coach Rich Donnelly wants to hold up Kent at third, but J.D. Drew- who picked an interesting moment to hustle for the first time-is right behind Kent. Confused, Donnelly sends Kent with the idea that Drew will stop at third. As Donnelly watches Kent about to be nailed at the plate, though, Drew breezes by him. A second later, he’s out too-by about 40 feet.
The Dodgers lost the game 6-5, and just to make it even more painful for Dodger fans, all three Mets who combined on the second inning relay had played for the Dodgers within the two years prior. Now that’s what you call bad luck.
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