Remember that piece back in December about Coco Crisp's tendency to steal bases before the pitcher begins to comes home with the pitch? Last night another Athletics outfielder, Chris Young, paid homage against Joe Blanton. Here are some visuals. First Young when he starts to run compared to Blanton:
And now two images that show where Young was when Blanton released the ball and where he was when the catcher caught the ball (by the way: there was no throw):
This is the third current or former Athletic to steal a base in this manner who I've seen (joining Crisp and Cliff Pennington). Either Crisp's genius is infectious or the Athletics are teaching a different style of ball when it comes to swiping bags.
Glove-slap to Jason Wojciechowski