Shane Victorino had a decision to make in the eighth inning of Tuesday’s game. A lot went on in his head in a short amount of time.
Junichi Tazawa entered in the eighth with the Red Sox leading 2-1, and he yielded back-to-back singles to Marco Scutaro and Brandon Belt to set up runners at the corners with one out. Buster Posey then lifted a fly ball in foul territory down the right field line that resulted in a game-tying sacrifice fly. Victorino didn’t have much of a chance to throw out Scutaro at the plate, so it opened up a debate as to whether or not Victorino should have let the ball drop foul instead of making the catch.
Given that everything happened so fast, it’d be understandable if Victorino was simply acting as he normally would on a fly ball in his direction. The Flyin’ Hawaiian understood all of the variables involved, though, and his decision to catch the ball was a calculated one.
“When I ran over to catch the ball, I knew the situation and I thought about it, before ...