One of the age-old debates in baseball centers around how to get to first base and whether it's beneficial to dive into first on a close-play. The answer is simple and not-so-simple, all at once. If the runner can "Superman" dive, it may be worth it. In any other case, diving is not, which makes Miguel Olivo's stunt on Saturday night as he laid-out on a close play.â†µ
Olivo also got an up-close view of what can happen when one slides into first on Saturday night as he made it safely, but brained himself on the way down. The fall forced him to the bench and left him with a nasty looking cut above his eye.â†µ
Via Bubba Prog. Click to animate.
Why can't he expend that amount of effort, albeit unnecessary effort, to block balls in the dirt?