LSU took down Oregon State, 3-1, and survived elimination for another day to force a bracket-deciding elimination game against the Beavers on Saturday in the College World Series. In the evening session, TCU defeated Florida, 9-2, to also score a bracket-decider, and for the second year in a row every game of the eight-team bracket round will be required to decide this year’s two finalists.
Oregon State entered the early game with a 23-game winning streak, including a 13-1 thrashing of Friday’s opponent, LSU, on Wednesday. Nevertheless, the Tigers came out angry, and immediately scored Greg Deichmann from third for the first run of the day. Then the next batter plated Zach Watson on a bunt-home plate squeeze, and LSU was in business, 2-0 advantage.
That’s the same thing as a home-plate collision, aesthetically. The only difference is that Bronson Arroyo’s career wasn’t in jeopardy because of that play.
And because it was such a dumb baseball play to begin with, at no point in any of the hundreds of baseball games that I’ve watched since the new rule passed have I thought, Ugh, that play would have been so much cooler under the old rules.
Making the catcher drop the ball because of a weak-side blitz should be the last thing that crosses your mind, and that’s because it was always the worst skit on your favorite album. It never made sense as a baseball play. It was something that would have been invented if Vince McMahon tried an XFL-style league to compete with MLB, and it was a shame it was ever allowed. It took more than a century to get it out, but the game is unquestionably better without it.