November 14, 2012
The 10 Best Slides: A Slide Show
These are the 10 best slides of the 2012 season. There are 19 GIFs, and some of the best slides are actually the worst slides. I wish you luck!
10. Best Slide Into First Base, by Carlos Gomez
Gomez is just such a good slider, and his takeout slides are beautiful things, too. Almost nobody gets to first base faster than Gomez—admire the early concessions by the pitcher and second baseman, who know they have no shot of beating Gomez to first—and to watch him veer as he does without slowing, losing his footing, or falling out of reach of the bag sends a jolt of strain down my left leg. Replays weren't totally clear but suggest Gomez really did avoid the tag. Here's how close it was:
9. Best Pitcher Slide, by Gio Gonzalez