BALK-OFF! Yes, the Dodgers walked off on a balk on Thursday night
The Dodgers had a balk-off win on Thursday
Walk-off singles, walk-off home runs, walk-off grand slams -- these are all beautiful things. But do you know what might be even more beautiful? Walk-off balks. Or as people who enjoy making puns call them (puns are fun, tons of phun): balk-offs.
And on Thursday night, with a runner on third and two outs, Rangers reliever Keone Kela committed the very first balk-off of the season:
Enrique Hernandez, quite joyfully, scored the winning run. MLB.com's Ken Gurnick talked to him after the game:
It's the second year in a row we've been graced with a balk-off and before that, the last such occurence came in a 2011 Royals-White Sox game. The Dodgers also accomplished the feat back in 2010 when Casey Blake walkie-balked on home off reliever Esmerling Vasquez.
When will the balk-off strike again? Whenever you hope and dream hard enough, my friends.