In his third major league game, Ryan Kalish went 3-for-3 with a walk and had two outstanding throws from left field to home plate, one of which cut down an opposing runner in the fifth inning of the Red Sox' 6-5 loss to the Cleveland Indians.
He will go out of his way, however, to not watch any of the highlights. The 22-year-old has no interest in seeing one play in which he was involved in the bottom of the seventh.
Kalish, who is 5-for-10 since his call-up from Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday, slid hard into the left leg of Indians catcher Carlos Santana on a play at the plate. The force of the slide bent Santana's knee the wrong way, forcing a delay of roughly 15 minutes while the highly-touted Santana was tended to and then carted off the field.
"I knew it was bad," Kalish said. "I just knew it was something bad and I don't want to watch it."
Just over 80 hours into his major league career, Kalish had his first real emotional test. While the medical staff worked on Santana, the Red Sox' left fielder pondered what he had done.
"I went and talked to him, told him it was part of the game," said manager Terry Francona, who also expressed a strong desire to avoid seeing the replay. "Unfortunately, sometimes things like that happen. The kid blocked the plate, had the plate blocked off and he slid. … I said something to [Kalish] because he was obviously shook up about it."
Kalish helped get over his grief by touching base with Santana after the game. He also promised to continue to check up on the 24-year-old, who may have avoided any serious damage.
"It was a hard slide. I've already talked to him and he's doing a lot better than they thought," Kalish said. "I feel awful."
Perhaps not as awful as he would if he saw the highlights.