Jonathan Villar stole home Tuesday night in the third inning of the Astros’ game with the Orioles at Camden Yards. Villar, a rookie shortstop, caught the Orioles’ battery of Wei-Yin Chen and Matt Wieters napping to accomplish one of the rarer offensive feats in baseball. Granted, it’s easier to get a solid jump when the pitcher has his back to you, as the Chen did.
Even so, there are few things in the sport as brazen as taking off for home trying to time (and guess) the pitcher’s motion. It’s definitely high incident — by baseball standards — and usually saved, nowadays, for the movies. Pick your favorite baseball flick, it probably has a scene involving a guy stealing home. Maybe more than one.
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