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Rockies Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez Is Not a Good Actor and Other Relatively Boring Walkoff Observations

Sep 10, 2012, 10:58 AM EDT

The Phillies got their second walk off winner on Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park in as many games (Nate the Great did the honors on Friday night), but John Mayberry Jr.’s game-winner yesterday may have been one of the least exciting walkoffs in a while.

Big John came up in the bottom of the ninth with the game all square at 2-2 with two outs and the bases juiced. He hit a liner to right fielder Carlos Gonzalez who, upon first glance, appeared to make a nice diving catch, except instead of instantly hopping up and acting like he actually made the grab, he laid on the ground as if he knew the game had just ended.

Perhaps he’s too honest and knew he didn’t snag the ball, but my initial reaction, and even more so after watching the replay, was to wonder why he didn’t even attempt to sell the catch?

Sure, the umpire may have had a good view of it, but there was at least some hesitation from the blues to call it a hit instead of a catch, so sell away, CarGo. Sell away.
Alas, he plays for the Rockies, and they may just be too accustomed to losing.

After a brief hesitation, the umps ruled it a hit, and the Phillies got their minimally delayed walk off winner. Yay.


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