Baseball is a funny and complex game. Strategy and instinct are two aspects of the sport that seem to come into play more than any other sport. As I watched Game 5 of the National League Division Series, I saw two plays that reminded me of an integral judgment made in the 1986 World Series between the Mets and Red Sox – a decision that may have changed history.
The first play happened in the bottom of the fourth inning. At the time, St. Louis led Pittsburgh 2-0 with one out and one on. Yadier Molina hit a slow groundball up the third base line, Pedro Alvarez charged the ball urgently, barehanded the ball, and threw wildly to first – failing to get the out while committing an error in the process.
The outcome of the play, however, is not what I focused on.
It was the immediate decision to try to make the play and get the out as opposed to just “eating” it and making no throw. The instinct to attempt the throw was derived from knowing the runner, Molina, and his propensity to m...