Wil Myers hit an inside-the-park home run against the Yankees on Sunday afternoon, but he was lucky to make it and needed some help from Carlos Beltran.

Myers hit a long drive to right-center field off of CC Sabathia. Myers thought the ball was gone and jogged to first. However, the ball was off the top of the wall and Jacoby Ellsbury got tangled up in the padding on the wall (see full video below).

Here’s a GFY of Myers. If this does not work for you, there is a GIF below.

Here’s a GIF.

But where Myers really got lucky was that Carlos Beltran basically just took the play off and wasn’t backing up Ellsbury. Here’s Dave Wills’ call.

 
 

10 Comments

  1. Nick says:

    I guess he was showing his inner BJ Upton!

  2. BJ Rassam says:

    While Myers’ BA, OBP, and SLG numbers are all down over his rookie season, he is still a good run producer, and many like his talents for the future.

  3. Greg says:

    Wil wasn’t exactly loafing , there were runners ahead of him on 1st and 2nd who had to wait to see if Ellsbury caught it before taking off. They went halfway to the next base had the ball been caught they would have both gone back and tagged up before advancing. Once it was dropped the race was on.

  4. Ken says:

    I’ll cut Wil some slack on this one.He’s still working in his first full season as a major leaguer and will make some rookie mistakes. Looks to me like he’s almost back in the zone right now. Both outs to left were scorched yesterday.

  5. Beth says:

    I am not sure how you look at the Myers home run and your main take away is his lack of hustle. Yes, he misread it off the bat, but as others have noted, had he come busting out of the box he would have trampled on the other base runners. Once he recognized what was happening, he really motored around the bases.

    Beltran, on the other hand, must have been taking a cigarette break or something. Aren’t outfielders trained to back up on a play?

    • Cork Gaines says:

      This was a long flyball to the wall. Runners aren’t going halfway on that. Maybe the runner on second will be more conservative. But the runner on first is probably to second base by the time the ball is caught or pretty darn close and would have had plenty of time to get back. Myers wasnt in danger of overrunning anybody.

  6. Jason says:

    Either way, who cares! Wouldn’t call it a lack of hustle. Especially with how he busts it once it hits the wall. Jeez Cork!

  7. Bobby says:

    There wasn’t a lack of hustle on this play, it looked like he thought he had the homerun. That being said, it is rather unfortunate that during the broadcast, Brian Anderson used the term “Cadillacing” to describe Wil’s apparent lack of hustle as he approached 1st base. Too many people have jumped on this, and assumed that he wasn’t giving forth the effort. I believe that many aren’t giving Wil the credit he deserves for his speed on the base paths. I for one, was pleasantly surprised at just how fast a runner Wil is.

  8. Pete Genova says:

    It’s interesting how some players catch a lot of flak for failing to bust it out of the box. Gerritt Cole chirped at Carlos Gomez for not running hard and settling for a triple, but no one chirped at Wil Myers for doing the same thing.

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