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THE LEADOFF SAC FLY
This was another never-before-seen thing that the Dodgers’ Max Muncy did Saturday in an extra-inning game with the Angels. There was a quick steal of third base by the ghost runner, Chris Taylor. Then came Muncy’s innocent fly ball to right-center field. Taylor happily tagged and scored. And voila, the Dodgers got a winning run out of it. What an innovation.
So is there better terminology for what just happened than a “leadoff sacrifice fly?” Of course there is, Dempster said. Such as…
SF: Sac Frosting
So why “frosting,” you ask? Because at times like this, if you happen to be a hitter leading off an inning and find a runner already standing at third base, “you get to have your cake and eat it too,” he said.
“You mean I can just go up here and be the hero and have my cake – and it’s a free RBI because I’m leading off the inning?” Dempster said, relaying the imaginary thoughts of a hitter who is also apparently ready for dessert. “So it’s free cake because it’s a flyout (but not even an official at-bat), plus I get an RBI out of it. So, see, I get to eat it, too.”