They always say you're likely to see something you've never seen on any given night...or something like that. What did we just see?
- Damon singled
- Balk to second (Padilla didn't come set, though he looks like he did on the replays)
- Moved to third on ground out
- Damon scored on a balk (Padilla stepped off with the wrong foot)
David Cone clarified it for us knuckleheads by saying the pitcher must step off from their push-off foot, otherwise it's deemed a move to home. Who knew? I didn't. I do now.
Here is the specific part of the balk rule (emphasis mine):
Rule 8.01(a) Comment: In the Windup Position, a pitcher is permitted to have his “free” foot on the rubber, in front of the rubber, behind the rubber or off the side of the rubber.
From the Windup Position, the pitcher may:
(1) deliver the ball to the batter, or
(2) step and throw to a base in an attempt to pick-off a runner, or
(3) disengage the rubber (if he does he must drop his hand to his sides).
In disengaging the rubber the pitcher must step off with his pivot foot and not his free foot first.