It’s the little things that help a team win baseball games. Solid pitching, strong defense, and executing the fundamentals is a winning combination in this league. Perhaps the simplest thing a team can do to is hustle, though not every team does.
During the Orioles’ first home stand with the Twins, Adam Jones hit a fly ball that appeared to be an out. As most big leaguers do, Adam jogged half-hearted to first base, head hanging. But the ball wasn’t caught. Once Adam realized the play was botched, he turned on the jets and got into second base. If he’d been running the whole way, he may have been able to advance the third base. There was a second ball, a grounder during the same series that Adam also didn’t run out. Since then, the entire team has been running much harder.