(Boston.com photo / via this site on GIS)
Jerry Remy laid in to Manny in the sixth inning tonight after Coco was thrown out at the plate with what could've been the tying run against Fausto Carmona, who'd had a no-hitter going until Coco singled to open the frame. First Remy noticed that Coco had slowed up as he rounded third, and that split second's hesitation had probably cost him the run. Then, reviewing the footage, Remy determined that the on-deck batter was nowhere to be seen in the shot of Coco headed toward the plate. Now engaging in some detailed analysis, Remy determined that the on-deck hitter, Manny Ramirez, was just visible on the top step of the dugout in the very corner of the frame as Coco headed for home. Thus, Remy declared, Manny was a contributing factor in the loss of the run: Coco was expecting to see him signaling if he should slide or stand, and when he didn't, he pulled up a little. Hence the hesitation and the out call at the plate.
Will the wonders of baseball never cease.
P.S. Let's not have this "drilling Pedroia" thing become a trend, okay?