World Series: Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins Perfects the Art of Getting Back Up
You’ve heard the old adage, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” When you want to prevent someone from falling, you put him on the ground.
Not to say to put him down when he gets on top of you is the way to prevent someone from falling. You stop him from falling by putting him on top of you and using the force of gravity to keep him there.
Or as Phillies catcher Rhys Hoskins puts it: “When you put a baseball in our hands, you expect us to hit it. That’s when we can be aggressive.”
You’ve seen this in the game a million times before: Phillies catcher Rhys Hoskins lays hands on the baseball he is catching, then takes it deep into his glove, throws hard underneath his arm, and the opposing team is out.
The Phillies catcher of the future took his baseball skills to another level.
Here are just a few of the highlights from the first few games of the Phillies’ run for the National League’s pennant:
• Phillies catcher Rhys Hoskins caught a foul ball to the right side of the infield that landed almost perfectly in the padding between the mounds. As he fielded it, Hoskins held his ground and threw out a runner at home who scored on an infield single.
• Hoskins was on the ground again, this time chasing a foul ball in the second inning. He reached down to scoop it and throw out a runner at home.
• Hoskins was on the ground again with the bases loaded, and he reached down to throw a tag to first base to end the inning.
• Hoskins was all over the field, grabbing, delivering, and throwing out runners.
• Hoskins scored the tying run in the 10th inning, the runner at home in a rundown went down fighting and Hoskins threw to second to pick up the second run.
The Phillies ended up winning the series, 1-0.
Here is another highlight from the series:
“I just like winning these days,” Hoskins said. “I don’t put much into it. I just put the