|Umpire Barksdale moves in close to make a call.|
What makes this play different from taking a steal play in fair territory is his starting position as the play develops is around the bag. If you don't read a steal (of third base) properly and take it from fair from 20+ feet deep and in fair territory you're in a very bad position. If you are in tune with the game you may be able to get into Lance's position for a steal but you have to really be paying attention and not be scared to be closer than normal to the third base bag. This would be adjusting your positioning for a potential play. This type of thing separates good umpires from great umpires from elite umpires.
|Barksdale continues moving to gain position.|