VIDEO: Remembering When Chase Utley Faked Out Jason Bartlett for a Home Plate Tag to Help Win the 2008 World Series
Yogi Berra said that baseball is 90 percent mental. Of course, that same quote ends with the other half being physical. Still, that mental game was on full display in the 2008 World Series, when Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley faked out Jason Bartlett for a home plate tag,.
After a ground ball up the middle, Utley cleanly fielded the baseball and acted as if he whipped the ball to first base. This fake sent Bartlett home from third base. To his surprise, Utley then quickly got the ball to the catcher for the easy tag, getting the third out of the seventh inning.
This proved to be a big play in the game, as Bartlett just as easily could have scored, giving the Tampa Bay Rays a one-run lead and extending the inning. Instead, it was an out, then the Philadelphia Phillies would go on to take the one-run lead at the end of the seventh.
This one run would prove to be the difference in Game 5, helping the Phillies win, 4-3, and more importantly, crown themselves as the 2008 World Series champions.
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