Josh Reddick has a T-shirt he likes to wear from time to time.
It says simply, “Don’t Run on Reddick.’’
It may be time to break that one out again after the otherworldly throw that Reddick unleashed Saturday night, a bullet from deep right to third base on the fly, enabling third baseman Josh Donaldson to slap a tag on the suitable surprised base runner, George Springer.
Springer is a rookie and inexperienced in the ways of Reddick’s cannon arm, but he is a flier, and Reddick knew it.
“He’s very fast,’’ Reddick said. “I knew that going in.’’
The ball never touched earth, a throw that Reddick compares with the one he uncorked against the Indians’ Drew Stubbs, a throw on which manager Bob Melvin said at the time `I never thought he had a chance.’’
A’s starter Dan Straily said much the same Saturday. He’d given up a double to Springer to start the inning.
“You want to keep the guy at second base in that situation, and giving up a fly ball to right isn’t the way to do it,’’ Straily said. “I didn’t think he’d get him. It would take a perfect throw and a perfect catch at the other end.’’
And that’s what ensued.
“That throw and the one that got Stubbs last year, those are my two best,’’ Reddick said.
Time for the Don’t Run on Reddick shirt?