Is there any single play in baseball more exciting than an inside-the-park home run? Most likely not. The only other occurence I can think of that may rival it is a play at home plate. Well, the video clip above has BOTH.
Chris Heisey put the Reds ahead in the second on Friday when he lofted a drive to deep left field that eluded Pirates OF Starling Marte's attempt at a leaping catch. The ball glanced off the wall and rolled toward left-center field, and Heisey was waved home by third base coach Mark Berry and just beat the relay to the plate.
"When I hit it, I knew it would be close," Heisey said. "When I hit second base, I saw it hit off Marte's glove and roll toward center field. I didn't see McCutchen close, so I knew I had a chance."
The inside-the-park homer was Cincinnati's second of the season and the second of Heisey's career. He hit one on Aug. 2, 2010, at Pittsburgh. Jay Bruce hit one on June 15 against the Mets in New York. It also marked the fourth longball of the season for Heisey.
Oh, and if that wasn't exciting enough for you. Marty Brennaman, the longtime voice of the Reds on radio, went bald after the game as part of a pledge that helped raise thousands for charity.