Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  By By Jon Paul Morosi  |  Last updated 10/16/13
For years, we've been told to expect that savvy veterans will get the better of precocious rookies in October. The truism no longer applies -- if it ever did at all. Witness Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium: With one out in the seventh inning, a Nick Punto double off Cardinals reliever Carlos Martinez brought the tying run to the plate in the person of leadoff man Carl Crawford. The Dodgers trailed the Cardinals in the game and series, but suddenly the prospect of a season-making rally hung in the California air. And then? Martinez caught Punto leaning and picked him off second base. Threat, over. The Dodgers never moved a runner past first base for the rest of the night. It is impossible to overstate both the shock value and importance of that moment. Punto's mastery of baseball fundamentals is the reason he's played nearly 1,100 games in the major leagues. He became an everyday player with the Minnesota Twins because manager Ron Gardenhire adored his defense and baserunning. Th...
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