Niagara Gazette

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April 7, 2014

BASE PATHS: Gose struggles in opening win

Niagara Gazette — Both Base Paths and Anthony Gose got picked off on Opening Day in Buffalo. Both of them have been around long enough to know better.

Base Paths had warned everybody else to be wary of Metro Rail, which has altered it style to facilitate the return of traffic to Main Street. Nonetheless, he stayed put in the inbound car at Church Street until it reversed directions and started pulling away from the ballpark, just as he’d said.

“What’s your emergency?” the operator said as he frantically pressed the button.

“I wanna get off,” he pleaded as Coca Cola Field disappeared behind the old Bon Ton.

“Sorry,” said she. “I can’t let you off until the next stop.”

Result: Long walk, last-second arrival, just in time to see Gose, after a couple swings that belonged in a garage sale, earn a base on balls.

And get picked off. Immediately. Technically he was caught stealing, but he was picked off plain and simple. The Bisons scored four runs anyway; if he’d kept his head on his shoulders, they might still be batting.

Top second: Two Red Wings reach base and the next batter lofts one into the gap. Gose runs it down beautifully but seems to have forgotten there were men on and both advance. Eventually, this would result in Rochester plating two runs in the inning rather than one.

More followed. He doubled in the second and wound up on third with one out. Matt Tuiasosopo lofted popup longer than his name but Rochester infielders lost it in the wind and it fell at their feet.

Inexplicably, Gose, frozen to the bag, headed for home. He’d have been deader than Milton Berle except that the throw hit something and he got in safely. Sometimes, the Lord looks out for fools.

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