April 17, 2011
WHY ONLY BASEBALL FASCINATES::
Strange balk sequence provides light moment (Eric Gilmore, 4/17/11, MLB.com)
With Daric Barton at first base and David DeJesus at the plate, Verlander went into his stretch. He stepped back off the mound, intending to throw to first, but apparently caught a cleat in the dirt. So instead of making an off-balance throw to first, he threw toward home plate -- and hit DeJesus.
Home-plate umpire John Hirschbeck ruled it a balk and awarded second base to Barton. DeJesus' at-bat continued, and he eventually walked.
"That was the strangest [thing] I've ever seen," Geren said.
Posted by oj at April 17, 2011 6:39 AM