Well, that looks awkward: The Astros’ Jonathan Villar hit a leadoff single on Tuesday, but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. But it wasn’t just that he was thrown out, but the way he was thrown out that was embarrassing.
Villar slid into second base, but Phillips already had the ball before he began the slide. Phillips reached backward between his legs to apply the tag as Villar crashed head-first into Phillips’ backside.
Phillips said he wasn’t trying to showboat, and he initially didn’t realize that Villar was coming.
“The crowd let me know that he was coming to second base,” Phillips said. “I just had to quickly put the tag between my legs. That’s the only reason I tagged him. If I didn’t hear the crowd, I would have just caught it and looked around and he would have been safe.”
However, he probably could have tagged him in a less showy way.
“That’s me,” he said with a laugh. “I do things off the wall, yes.
“It was a crazy play,” he added. “I liked the play, but I didn’t like all that face in the butt. I felt uncomfortable and violated. I know he felt violated too. I’m glad it wasn’t my face.” (The Associated Press; Photo: Bob Levey/Getty Images)