Aug 4, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Former Florida Marlins manger Jack McKeon gets a hug from former second baseman Luis Castillo during the tenth anniversary celebration of the 2003 World Championship before a game against the Cleveland Indian at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports
Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. Yesterday we talked about dingers (and most likely tomorrow we will do the same), but today we are going to talk about another important part of the game- speed. It’s not fun being thrown out at first when you hit the ball into the outfield. You do need some sort of speed in this game. What is the one of the best signs of speed in this game? Stolen bases. For moment 52 we bring you Luis Castillo’s 4 stolen bases in one game, a Marlins record.
On May 17, 2000 the Marlins were at home against the San Diego Padres. Luis started off the bottom of the 1st with a single to right field. When Mark Kotsay came up to bat Luis had the green light. He swiped his first bag of the day. During his 3rd at bat Luis had an infield single and when Mark came up you knew what was coming- steal number two in the game. Guess what happened his next at bat. He was walked and you don’t walk someone with Luis speed, because he will make you pay. When the next batter came up Luis stole another base. That makes 3 in the game for Luis and one away from the record. He didn’t have to wait long to break the record. His next at bat they walked him again and like clockwork he stole another base, making it four in total and setting the Marlins single game stole base record.
Speed is nice, but let’s get back to the long ball. Join me tomorrow as we take a look at another Marlins record.