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January 9, 2014

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The Year's 10 Best Slides: A Slide Show (Again)

by Sam Miller


Last year, obsessed with the possibilities of a pretty simple pun, I wrote about my 10 favorite slides. There were those who said we'd never try it again. Well guess what.

10. Punto Slides
There are days where you really get the sense we’re missing the point. This, for instance, is a base hit that Nick Punto recorded:

And now here is Nick Punto on that very same play:

There has never been a truer expression of Nick Punto’s career, or life, than this play. Diving into first base is always unnecessary (yes, I see your hand in the back Omar Vizquel), but Punto loves to do it so much that he does it even when it is unnecessarily unnecessary. And yet, as I read Nick Punto’s Wikipedia page, there is no mention of the incredibly telling detail that he once slid into first base on a ball that went through to center field. Instead, we get nonsense like this:

  • Punto had 3 hits in 14 at-bats in the 2011 World Series.
  • he continued to play regularly due to injuries to Orlando Hudson and J.J. Hardy
  • He had 2 hits in 5 at-bats in just 4 games with the Phillies that season
  • He also appeared in five games at first base

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