TORONTO -- You weren't seeing things. David Ortiz really did try to steal second base in the top of the seventh inning on Monday night, the Red Sox down by a run.
It took a great throw by Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia to snuff it out.
Ortiz and first-base coach Alex Ochoa had been cooking up the idea for a few days. If the first baseman plays behind Ortiz, try to make the opposition pay.
Perhaps the timing left a little to be desired, but the idea wasn't a bad one.
"Alex and David have been talking about it," manager Bobby Valentine said after Boston's 4-2 victory. "If they're going to play behind him, if he can get a good jump and they can pick a good pitch. I don't know if a one-run game in the seventh inning is a little dicey. You know, it's going to get guys to hold him on base and create a hole for the guys who are hitting behind him. I think it's a necessary strategy."
Ortiz nearly got in there in time.
"I was safe, by the way," said Ortiz.
He was shaking his head about Arencibia's throw.
"That's not fair. He should make that throw when guys are fast," quipped Ortiz. "No offense."