Raul Mondesi Jr Forgets To Touch Home Plate On Game Tying Home Run, Team Loses
Raul Mondesi Jr. learned a very tough lesson with the Helena Brewers the other night. His team was trailing the Missoula Osprey 2-0 in the bottom of the 10th when Mondesi Jr cranked a two run shot. However, he forgot to touch home plate and after an appeal, the game was over as the Ospry catcher touched home plate.
That is certainly a teaching moment if there has ever been one. I think Raul Mondesi Jr. learned a very valuable lesson. Always take the time to touch every base on a home run. Can never be too safe about it.
“Did he miss home plate? You tell me, because I don’t know, I didn’t see it,” said Helena manager Jeff Isom, on his way back to the clubhouse, after a long discussion with the umpire.
“On any home run, the umpire has one job, and that’s to watch the plate and make sure the runners touch it. He said he (Mondesi) missed it by eight inches. It’s a terrible way to lose a ballgame, but the guys learned a good lesson. From now on, make sure you jump on the plate on a homer,” he added.
This should serve as a lesson for every player out there. You have to take your time and touch every base. That is the simple rule of baseball. I bet Raul Mondesi Jr plays this play over in his head for a long time. So close, yet so far from tying the game.