When Josh Donaldson scored the second of Oakland’s three runs Sunday, he did it with a sixth inning head-first slide at home plate.
You know those car commercials where they say “don’t try this at home?’’ The head-first slide at the plate is baseball’s version of that.
Donaldson had already been thrown out on a feet-first slide at the plate three innings earlier, and he wasn’t about to take any chances. Yoenis Cespedes had doubled off the wall in left-center, and the A’s, locked in a 1-all tie, badly needed the run.
“It’s the play they tell you never to make, sliding head-first like that,’’ Donaldson said. “But I was thinking about the first play.’’
The first play, in the third inning, was gnawing at Donaldson even after the A’s 10-inning 3-2 win.