The second inning of Game 2 of the 2012 World Series gave us all a little reminder of something that is all-too well-known to Brewers and Tigers fans: Prince Fielder does not know how to slide.
And he even admits it! From this past July:
“I just don’t know how to slide,” Fielder said after the game. “I’m trying to get there. I just want to be safe. So, however I can get there, I just try to get it done.”
It's debatable whether Fielder should have even been put in that situation last night—Prince is not the fastest guy to begin with; he wasn't prepared to head home during the play and, thus, was forced to slow down while re-adjusting his feet making the turn at third base; there were no outs and runners on second and third if he stopped at third—but the actual out at home was clearly due to Fielder's poor slide. If he had kept his leg flat on the dirt, or if he had slid in at a different angle, the tag from Buster Posey would have been too late and Detroit would have had an early 1-0 lead. The Tigers didn't lose the game on that play, but it most definitely did not help their cause.
But that's how it is when you're depending on Prince Fielder to get a good slide down. And if you don't believe that, here's a gallery from Dave Brown at Big League Stew showing just how truthful Fielder was being back in July.