If you've ever spent any time fooling around a diamond, you've probably knelt along the third base line and tried to do your best Lenny Randle impression by blowing a baseball from fair to foul territory.
On Thursday, Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Jerry Hairston did it again at the big-league level — albeit in a spring training game — when Kansas City's Irving Falu bunted a dribbler up the third base line in the fifth inning.
Watch it here:
As the announcers noted, Hairston's unsuccessful attempt immediately summoned memories of Randle's lungs guaranteeing themselves a spot on every sports bloopers reel until the end of time — and causing an in-game controversy at the time.
Here's what the Associated Press wrote about Randle on May 28, 1981:
So even if Hairston had been successful in huffing and puffing Falu's bunt foul — or in a similar situation last year — it still wouldn't have mattered. Baseball's best loophole was closed decades ago.
As for Randle, it looks like he's maintaining a presence on Facebook these days as he coaches young players and organizes sports tours and baseball camps. (The best part of the page is his highlighted quote: "Don't blow it! Stay in school!")
At any rate, we have to give Hairston credit for continuing to be like Lenny in a real baseball game. We've always wanted to try that.
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