Jose Bautista drew a walk and somehow wound up on second base
Having played in the Majors for 14 years now,
Such an opportunity presented itself in the top of the eighth inning during the Blue Jays' 4-2 win over the Mariners on Saturday night. At the time, it was still a one-run ballgame, so
Time had still not been called when Bautista reached first, and he saw two things -- Zych wasn't paying any attention, and there was nobody even close to the vicinity of second base:
So, after a pause, Joey Bats bolted.
The Mariners were lucky that
Manager John Gibbons wasn't surprised that Bautista took the extra base. "Jose's always got his head in the game," he said to MLB.com's Adam Lewis. "He's always watching what's going on regardless of how he's performing. He's always looking for an advantage, and he caught them sleeping. He's got to pick up the pitcher there, and he's got to see where Cano is, too. Make sure he can beat it. That could have been a huge play. A single right there and that's an extra run."