The Los Angeles Dodgers hadn't won a series in the month of June until Thursday night happened, so it's understandable why Chicago White Sox slugger Luis Robert was less than enthused when his team was walked off after blowing a 4-0 lead.
You, as the fan, would've been even more incensed. You would've punched a couch cushion. Maybe thrown a ketchup bottle. Whatever it is, think about what you've done in the past when your team has lost a game and realize that the players probably want to do that times 10 whenever they lose. Remember, they're the ones actually experiencing defeat. You're just living vicariously through them.
That's why when Robert stood in shallow center field without moving a muscle as Freddie Freeman flied one to the warning track, most of us understood. Most of us would've punted our glove or thrown our hands in the air, but he obviously can't do that. He just let gravity do the work.
Robert didn't need to move. And his actions didn't make the White Sox loss any more devastating. That damage was already done when Chris Taylor slugged a sixth-inning grand slam after Chicago's first guy of the bullpen relinquished a four-run lead on just a handful of pitches.
So, yeah, when the bases were juiced in the bottom of the 11th with nobody out, what did we expect Robert to do? Sprint his heart out, lay out full-extension, and still lose the game even if he were to make a miracle catch?
Luis Robert has hilarious reaction to Dodgers' walk-off win over White Sox
And a light trot off the field! Just how anybody else discouraged by a loss would've drawn it up had the situation been permitting. It was the inevitable occurrence.
Robert got the run-scoring started with a first-inning homer off Dodgers right-hander Michael Grove, who quickly got tagged for four runs before LA had to go to their NL-worst bullpen which ... somehow tossed six scoreless innings en route to the 5-4 win.
There's a chance Robert was also probably frustrated with his own production, as he went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts and a walk the rest of the way. The White Sox only registered one hit after the fourth inning.
Just what the doctor ordered for the Dodgers! A series win against a team famously incapable of capitalizing upon momentum.
And just in time for the division-rival Giants.