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MIAMI - The Miami Heat dismantled the Indiana Pacers Tuesday night to take a 3-2 lead in the East Coast Semi-Finals. Late in the third quarter of the 115-83 blowout Heat guard Mike Miller lost his shoe.
Instead of sitting down and putting his show back on, Miller tossed the shoe to the side and hustled down the court. Not only did he set up for an offensive play, but he hustled back down the court to play defense. He didn't let a missing shoe slow him down. Miller guarded the perimeter and helped the Heat get the ball back.
The Heat finally called time out and Miller got his shoe back on. It's great to see a player just tough it out and not give up. In a game full of highlights for the Heat, that may have been the best one.
The Cincinnati Reds took on the Atlanta Braves Tuesday and with the score tied at one, Reds pitcher, Mike Leake, smacked a solo homerun into left field. Fans fought for the ball, but Caleb Lloyd snagged the souvenir.
The next batter, Zack Cozart, took another one deep and guess who caught it. That's right, Caleb Lloyd.
Let's break this down now. Caleb caught the second homerun ball in one hand as he held the first in his other hand. And despite catching two homerun balls, Caleb went home with none. He gave the second to a friend of his and actually gave the first back to Mike Leake. It was the pitcher's first major league homerun. I think Caleb's new nickname will be "Good Guy Caleb," or maybe "Sure Hands Caleb."
Heckled Ball Boy
In Sunday night's game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Atlanta Braves a scene occurred that's rarely seen. A major leaguer heckled a ball boy.
The Rays ball boy missed a foul grounder through his legs and right into the Braves bullpen, that's when veteran Braves' pitcher Livan Hernandez unleashed. He taunted the poor kid and threw sunflower seeds at him.
My guess after 15 years of being heckled Hernandez was excited to dish it out. Thankfully it was in good fun and the ball boy even has a bit of a smile on his face.