Originally Posted by CWRed
In this case, the Reds had momentum. Hatteberg was ahead 2-1. With Freel stealing, it appeared 'Berg swung to protect Freel (because if he gets thrown out, I puke blood). It was clearly a ball, but instead of being a 3-1 count, it's 2-2. Plus, with Freel on 1st, you have the 1st baseman holding him, which leaves a much bigger hole in the right side for Hatteberg to enjoy.
There is something to be said about being aggressive and a single would have put them ahead. I just don't think this was the right time.
Narron is not smart (although he is scrappy) and I am sure he never thought of any of this. Freel probably stole on his own
Great point. Freel does have a green light with this ballclub. It's what usually leads to him getting picked off, not to mention many close calls.
Taking names out of this, given this new theory of the player with the green light, I amend my answer to making sure the player on the 1B does not have a green light, and waits to go in motion until the coaching staff says so.