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#Blogathon: Will I Ever Be Able to Forgive Lonnie Smith?

#Blogathon: Will I Ever Be Able to Forgive Lonnie Smith?

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Trick plays are a part of the game. We all love the hidden ball trick when it works. But it’s rather hard to make a baseball player look foolish with a trick play. Harder than in some other sports at least. Don’t tell that to Lonnie Smith.

Game 7, 1991 World Series

My favorite team has made it to the World Series for the first time in my lifetime after being the laughing stock of baseball for a decade. It’s tied 0-0 in the eighth inning. Lonnie Smith is at first with no outs.

Terry Pendleton then hits what should be, with Lonnie Smith’s speed, a go ahead RBI double. But it doesn’t happen.

As Smith heads for second base, Twins second baseman Chuck Knoblauch fools Smith into thinking he is turning a double play. Smith lost the ball and it cost him. He only wound up at third base because of such poor base running.

The Braves wouldn’t score in the inning and would go on to lose in 10 innings.

I still hold a grudge against Lonnie Smith. You are taught from an early age when you are at first to pick up the third base coach and not try to watch the ball when running. Smith failed at this. Had he been watching the coach, he would have scored and the Braves might have won in nine innings.

But we will never know. It’s a hard one to watch still to this day.

Perhaps one day I will be able to forgive Smith, but not today.

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About Eric Bynum
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.

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