J.R. Smith isn’t the only professional athlete to make bonehead plays.
As a tribute to the great J.R. and his blunder on Thursday, here are some of the greatest boneheaded plays, screw ups and blunders in Major League Baseball history.
1. Luis Castillo drops the ball
Ninth inning, two outs, Francisco Rodriguez on the mound and the Mets were clinging onto an 8-7 lead. Alex Rodriguez pops the ball up, a routine fly ball in short right field for the second baseman to secure the win. Easier said than done.
2. Wil Myers forgets how to outfield
As a Rays fan, I can’t watch this, so I’ll just let the gif speak for itself. The Rays lost the game and the series because of this play and I will never forgive Wil Myers for what he did.
3. Watch out for that wall
Bryce Harper may be known for his massive home runs, flowing hair and great defensive plays, but one of his more well-known moments is not one of his finest moments.
4. The goose is loose
This may not be a player, but wow was this a moment.
5. I don’t wanna use my head
Jose Canseco hit 462 homers in his MLB career with a bat, and one with his head.
6. Hot potato
Let’s just say that after a while, when you overthrow while fielding, it’s just smart to get it into an infielder, or else you might throw wide of them next! The Washington Nationals didn’t learn that on this sequence of events.
Kind of reminds us of Lily from “How I Met Your Mother”.
7. Never celebrate too early
The Braves’ “Beat The Freeze” might have been the best promotion to have been invented over the past few years, and the media firestorm all started after one fan thought he had the race in the bag.
8. “It gets through Buckner!”
It’s Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, the Red Sox were one out away from their first World Series championship since 1918. Mookie Wilson hits a slow roller to Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner, and the call from Vin Scully says it all. This is a video from the entire at-bat:
The Houston Astros took a 6-2 lead into the eighth inning of Game 4 of the 2015 ALDS against the Kansas City Royals at home with a 2-1 series lead. The Astros didn’t hold that lead for long.
10. Meet the Mets
This play must sting in the minds of all Mets fans, but I’m here to refresh their memories like the good person I am. Simply put, the Mets lost the World Series because of this play, among others.
And then, this play happens in the ninth inning of Game 5 with the Mets up 2-1. Are you still salty Mets fans?
Three Mets fails in one video? We call that an unassisted triple play, and speaking of that…
Remember, that was the second time ever an MLB game ended like that, all thanks to Jeff Francoeur.