Originally Posted by TSJ55
"Selfish" may have been a poor choice but my point is that sac flys aren't very sexy. Chicks don't dig them but true team players shouldn't care. Just get the run in. If you have to give yourself up, so be it.
I'd be very surprised to find a player who wouldn't willingly do this in every opportunity. The problem is that it's really hard for a player to do and has a lot more to do with luck than you might imagine.
As other's have pointed out, a sac fly is much different than a sac bunt because a sacrifice fly is essentially what the player is TRYING to accomplish whether there's no one on or the bases are loaded. Hit the ball to the outfield, let the chips fall where they may.
Seriously, imagine a hitter who put the ball in the outfield every single time he came to the plate. He'd be the greatest hitter of all time.
As a former player, you can surely recognize that going to the plate trying to accomplish something like "hit a sac fly" would be a lesson in failure.
Heck even saying, hit the ball to the outfield is probably overcomplicating it.
How about, "find a pitch I can drive, and put a good swing on it." If you do that every time, you'll probably strike out a bit, you'll probably get more than your share of base hits, and you'll probably hit a sac fly or two every season.