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GIF: Prince Fielder's baserunning gaffe in ALCS Game 6

If the Tigers don't win the game, here's why

Let's say a picture it worth a thousand words. And let's further say that a moving picture is worth a couple more words on top of that. Like, maybe 4,000 or something. Up to you to decide the exacts here.

If the Tigers go on to lose this game, this animated GIF of Prince Fielder's flop short of third base will perfectly encapsulate the reason why and save me a hell of a lot of words of explanation.


The Tigers led 2-1 with runners on first and third and no outs. Big Uncle Mo was on their side, the Red Sox were reeling. Another run or two might break it open. Jhonny Peralta grounded to Dustin Pedroia at second for an apparent double play. Fielder couldn't decide whether to go home, go back to third, try to avoid the tag, or go look for nachos.

So he dove. Just went all Superman for third base. He was trying to slam dunk the basketball from the three-point line with predictable results. Just belted it out singing. I believe I can fly. I believe I can touch the sky! (ht @KarleeKanz)

I believe he's out.

Let's check the replay.


Definitely short there.