Stealing home may be the most exciting play in all of baseball, while winning a ballgame via the walk-off hit is pretty marvelous in its own right. But combining the two to create the super rare, and ridiculously electrifying walk-off steal of home is undoubtedly the most tremendously enthralling play, game winning or otherwise, in the game of baseball at any level.
And just such a play happened earlier this month during a high school game between the Lick-Wilmerding Tigers and the University Red Devils. It wasn’t a straight steal of home but more of a delayed steal after a pitch in the dirt, and the runner, Tigers 2nd baseman Drew Forrest, exhibited some questionable, albeit crafty baserunning to plate the winning run in the bottom of the 8th, but the ump’s call stood and the wild play will live on for eternity.
Enjoy it now because it may be decades before you see another walk-off steal of home, if ever…
Forrest’s sliding technique may lack for style points, but despite the protestations of the University players, it got the job done.
[H/T to TPS]