It's not often that you see a baseball player escape a rundown, but any time it happens, it's highlight-worthy. During a July 23, 2014, game between the Miami Marlins and Atlanta Braves, Jason Heyward pulled off one of the best escapes you'll ever see.
After a single, a stolen base, and an error, Heyward had advanced to third with one out. However, he was caught in a pickle after a grounder to shortstop. Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and third baseman Casey McGehee thought they had Heyward dead to rights, but the Braves outfielder decided to think creatively.
Heyward decided to do the opposite of what you should do doing a rundown by running straight at the person that has the ball. All while staying in the basepath, Heyward contorted himself away from McGehee's tag and scampered back to third base. McGehee complained, but Heyward had made a perfectly legal return to the bag.
This play also allowed Chris Johnson, the hitter, to reach first base safely and earned the Braves a run as Gerald Laird was able to drive Heyward in with a single moments minutes later.
The Braves would go on to win the game, 6-1, with Heyward going 2-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base. This would be one of the last games that Heyward played for Atlanta, as he was traded to the Cardinals at the conclusion of the season.
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