Raimel Tapia took a risk and scored on a foul popup that didn't travel past third base
Depending on the situation, advancing a base takes varying degrees of courage on the part of a baserunner. Going first-to-third on a single to right field takes less courage than trying to steal a base. Good baserunning requires a measure of such courage but -- as Aristotle identified with his Golden Mean -- not so much as to be reckless.
With his team trailing in the seventh inning of Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Astros, Rockies pinch-hitter Raimel Tapia tried to tag up and score from third on a foul popup that didn't even go past the third-base bag. As third baseman J.D. Davis made a nice play over the dugout railing, Tapia took off for home. Sounds reckless, right? Well, he scored.
"I saw [Davis] leaning into the dugout," Tapia told MLB.com's Thomas Harding. "I said, 'If the guy is going into the dugout, I'm going to take a chance on going home.'"
Tapia's aggressive baserunning took even his own teammate by surprise. "I was trying to get ready to hit," Carlos Gonzalez said. "And, the next thing I know there's a guy flying in the dugout."
Props to the Astros dugout for quickly coming to Davis' aid and readying him for his throw to the plate, but it wasn't enough to stop Tapia's bold move. Risks like Tapia's come with one advantage: The element of surprise. It certainly worked in his favor in this instance.