Matt Willams played a clean 3rd base…

The hidden ball trick has been pulled over 300 times at the major league level, but some players never learn. Take the case of Rafael Bournigal, who just hit (his first big league triple) and was standing on third base on June 28, 1994, when Matt Williams, the Giants’ affable third baseman, asked the Dodger base runner to step off the bag so that he–Williams, that is–could give the sack a quick cleaning. Of course, Williams had the game ball hidden in his glove, and quickly tagged the surprised Bournigal out. Good housekeeping! Bad base running!


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