12 times Major Leaguers briefly forgot to do something important
During Sunday's Cubs-Rockies game, the Rockies' defense forgot to cover home plate after successfully fielding a popup, allowing
Fortunately, the Rockies shrugged it off and won the game, 11-4. Hey, people make mistakes and sometimes athletes at all levels forget what exactly it was they were supposed do in a given moment. Here are 12 more moments when MLB players seem to have experienced short bursts of memory loss.
1.Joel Peralta has a wardrobe malfunction
Not every slip-up is play-related. In May, then-Mariners reliever
Every so often, someone on the field loses track of balls and strikes. But when Chris Davis tried to walk on ball three back in July, he also got
As you can see from the example above, unexpected pickoffs are extremely satisfying. Too bad that in October of last year, Gio Gonzalez forgot that if you want to pick someone off, you need to have someone on base:
4. The grounds crew leaves a ladder on the field
Sometimes, a park's staff can be forgetful too. Back in April, 2015, the grounds crew at Red Sox Spring Training home JetBlue Park left a ladder against the scoreboard, briefly delaying play. Good thing
5. Steve Lyons forgets he's in a public place
During a White Sox-Tigers game in July, 1990, Steve Lyons laid down a bunt and slid into first base, in the process getting some dirt down his pants. He tried to address that problem, but seemed to forget that MLB is supposed to be a family show:
"As soon as I realized that I was still out at first base and not down in the dugout, there was a little bit of shock," Lyons told MLB.com's Doug Miller.
They weren't! During a Mariners-Dodgers game in April of last season Robinson Cano tried to stroll home from third base after
In a game against the Cubs in June, Mallex Smith forgot to re-touch second base after
"I don't think I've ever seen that before," said Joe Maddon.
Just because it didn't happen in a ballpark doesn't mean it doesn't count. In August 2015, the Twins' Tyler Duffey got called up to the big league club. The only problem was that they were playing in Toronto, and he forgot his passport:
9. The Philles bullpen leaves the phone off the hook
You may remember that time in June of last year when
In 2015, MLB implemented new pace-of-play rules. One stated that a hitter must not leave the batter's box after taking a pitch. Adrian Beltre forgot about the new rule during an April 2015 game against the A's, but don't worry -- he remembered it pretty quickly:
11. Craig Lefferts leaves the bullpen door open
Sometimes, you leave your garage door open and raccoons get in. Sometimes, you're former Giants reliever Craig Lefferts, and you leave the bullpen door open during a June 1989 game against the Cubs, and a fair ball gets in.
Ever close your front door only to immediately open it again after you realize you left your keys inside? That's probably how Clayton Kershaw felt when he walked into the on-deck circle during a 2014 game against the Nationals without his bat: