Jays’ first baseman Lyle Overbay has got himself into a little controversy with Alex Cora. Here’s why.
Cora was flipped over by Overbay on a double-play that ended the eighth inning of a 5-3 Red Sox’s win at the Rogers Centre a week ago tomorrow. Overbay slid out of the baseline with his arms raised to break up the double play and Cora had to be restrained by teammate Dustin Pedroia. Cora said that he considered Overbay a “great guy,” but then said: “It (the play) was a tackle. I don’t mind if they go in hard but not with their arms up. You can’t reach back. For me, personally, it wasn’t a clean slide. That’s something I really don’t like in the game.” In other words, Cora is calling it a dirty play.
In response, Overbay was completely satisfied with his play, but acknowledged he knew Cora was upset. “It’s one of those things people are going to perceive differently, but I didn’t perceive it that way (as a dirty play),” Overbay said. “I put my hands in front of my face because I didn’t want his knee to hit me. I’ll do it again.”
To anyone who saw the game, did you think it was a dirty play? And is it “dirty” in general for a player to have his hands up during a slide, to protect himself or otherwise?