Originally posted on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 4/16/12

In the bottom of the first inning of the Kansas City Royals' 13-7 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Sunday, Chris Getz put on a sliding clinic of how NOT to dive head-first into the keystone sack. With Eric Hosmer batting after a Getz single, Getz attempted to steal twice, but both times Hosmer wasted the pitch and Getz would have to return to first. Both times, though, Getz dove hilariously into second, each a little worse than the one before it. Getz was finally able to get into second safely on a wild pitch, but the slide, above, was far from safe, as it left him eating dirt and falling awkwardly over the bag. You can watch the attempt that counted on MLB.com

In the next inning, Getz learned his lesson and would successfully slide feet-first into second on a steal. Getz needs some work on the head-first slide before trying it again in a game. I'm sure the Royals wouldn't mind seeing their starting second baseman erring on the side of caution, too. 

This article first appeared on The Outside Corner and was syndicated with permission.

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